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Vol Leaders Get Early Start on Big Job

Phillip Fulmer

Spring practice at Tennessee is usually a time to fine tune the offense, find a couple of key players and answer a pressing team issue or two, but these are unusual times for UT football which means no aspect of the program is exempt from examination.

It's the type of self-examination that must take place in light of an 8-5 record with an 18.8 average margin of defeat. Among those severe setbacks were losses to Florida, Georgia and Alabama for the first time in one season in team history and the most one-sided post season defeat ever — a 30-3 beating by Maryland in the Peach Bowl. A Peach Bowl appearance alone would have been enough to undo...

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