Talk about your clean slate.
Not only will it be Derek Dooley’s first game as Tennessee’s coach this Saturday against Tennessee-Martin, but he estimates that two-thirds of the Vols’ roster has never taken a snap in Neyland Stadium. Dooley said 18 freshmen are on his two-deep, and Tennessee also has a new playcaller on offense (Jim Chaney) and a new defensive coordinator (Justin Wilcox). Chaney was on the previous Tennessee staff with Lane Kiffin, but Kiffin called the offensive plays. What’s more, seven of the nine players slated to start on the offensive and defensive lines will be making their first career starts for the Vols in their current positions.
All that and a head coach who went 5-7 in the WAC last season, too. I’m having a tough time seeing how he improves on that record much, if at all.