With football players reporting to campus at the University of Tennessee on Monday. We at InsideTennessee.com decided to look at the five biggest questions facing this 2009 Football Team as fall camp and practice gets underway here Tuesday.
Lane Kiffin enters his first fall camp as the Head Coach of the Volunteers, the former Oakland Raider head man has provided a lot of energy and excitement on the Rocky Top during the spring and off season.
That leads into question No. 1.
Will Kiffin’s Volunteers be as exciting and energized on the field as they have been off the field the past seven months.
If so all Volunteer fans are in for an exciting ride.
The players have shown they have bought into the new coaching staff, a more disciplined team has shown improvement in the classroom this past semester.
“We are the most talked about football team in the country,” Kiffin admitted at the SEC Media Days. “That was our plan. Not a lot going on in the spring, we wanted every young man in the country thinking about the University of Tennessee.”
If Kiffin’s Vols provides as much excitement and energy on the field, things could be very interesting this fall at Neyland Stadium.
This Tennessee team has everyone’s attention, now it’s time to see what kind of football team Kiffin will put on the field.
That takes us to Question No. 2.
Who will be the starting quarterback against Western Kentucky and more importantly the rest of the season.
The answer might be two different ones.
Some expect Jonathan Crompton to be the starter coming out of football camp, not if junior Nick Stephens has anything to say about it. If Crompton is the starter going into Western Kentucky, the next question will be how short of rope will he have throughout the season.
Will Stephens overtake from the start of camp or will take him a few weeks to do it, I guess you can that question 2 A.
You can’t have a successful quarterback without a solid wide receiving corp. That takes us to question No. 3.
How will the Volunteers cope with the early injuries of at least three key wide outs this summer?
Who will step up and provide the needed spark for whoever is quarterbacking to be successful?
Question No. 4 leads into the next important phase of the offense.
Everyone is expecting Tennessee to have a solid running game, the Vols did indeed sign the overall No. 1 player in the nation in Bryce Brown. Will Brown start the season opener, how much playing time will he get this fall. All important questions facing this team this fall.
Question No. 5, we have to leave one for the defense.
Yes everyone is aware of the dream team defensive staff that Lane Kiffin has assembled.
The key question will be how Monte Kiffin and staff be able to parlay their knowledge into this group of defenders. There is a lot of talent at several positions, but there also are a few key holes, especially at the linebacker position.
“Our ones will match up with the best of them on the defensive side of the ball,” Kiffin said in an earlier interview.”
So lets hope for no injuries because depth on the defensive side of the ball is definitely a question mark.
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