Tennessee

KNOXVILLE — It's almost time for the talking to end, for the questions to be answered.

1) Leaguewide coming-out party. There is a ton of talented newcomers. Seven of the top nine teams in the Rivals.com recruiting rankings last February were in the SEC, and a host of those five-star stud ducks are making their debuts this weekend.

KNOXVILLE — Perhaps no one is more eager to see Tennessee's many unknowns than the 10 members of the Volunteers' coaching staff.

KNOXVILLE — The smaller number is the one Curt Maggitt's mind this week.

KNOXVILLE — Butch Jones may have inflated the number of freshmen Tennessee will play in Sunday night's season opener for effect.

KNOXVILLE — The Austin Peay football team won't be walking through Neyland Stadium's doors Sunday night.

KNOXVILLE — There was little in the way of surprise regarding the two-deep chart the Tennessee football program released Monday afternoon, except maybe for the player who emerged from the pack at punt returner.

KNOXVILLE — Butch Jones will coach his 13th game at Tennessee when the Volunteers open the football season Sunday night against Utah State.

Phillip Fulmer has not coached the University of Tennessee football program since 2008, but he is anything but retired.

KNOXVILLE — When Don Mahoney became Tennessee's third offensive line coach in three years two winters ago, one of the first tasks he faced was getting a quartet of seniors and an NFL-minded junior to adopt his coaching methods.

Patrick Kivlehan's two-run home run to left field highlighted a three-run first inning for Jackson, which dealt Chattanooga its first loss of the series with a 4-2 win Sunday.

The media guide calls it Butch Jones’s second season as Tennessee’s coach.

Curt Maggitt’s last play in a college football game came more than 600 days ago, in the fourth quarter of Tennessee’s four-overtime loss to Missouri at Neyland Stadium in 2012.

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