The Vols are 16 years removed from 1998. The incoming freshmen were two years old when Tennessee won the national championship in 98. They have a very good 2nd year coach in Butch Jones, a great stadium, and a winning tradition to not get back into having winning seasons again. They probably (because of all the new starters on the team this year) won’t make big splashes in the win column this year. The vols are only returning ten starters. Five on offense and five on defense. That much inexperience with a SEC schedule will probably lead to third or fourth best record in the SEC east this year. The Vols have not had what we consider a great season since 2007. Despite a 21-14 loss to eventual national champion LSU in the SEC Championship game, Tennessee defeated Wisconsin, 21-17, in the Outback Bowl and finished the season ranked No. 12. That’s what vols fans these days are hoping Jones can get this team back to. With key returners like QB Josh Dobbs, RB Marlin Lane, WR Marquez North on offense, and LB AJ Johnson, LB Curt Maggitt, DB Brian Randolph, CB Cam Sutton on defense, and the vols with two seasons of top 10 recruiting classes are poised to get back to fighting for the SEC East title again. Yes Knoxville TN does have a lot to expect from this years team, but lets give the vols maybe one or two more years to get back to 10 wins seasons again. Lets see what Jones can do when he finally has his team that will be full of 4 star talent next year on the field. Be patient vols fans, because the vols are building brick by brick, and we are seeing it play out before our very own eyes.