The fresh faces are getting a test run.
And that doesn't mean just the players.
Count Derek Dooley among the newcomers making sure Tennessee is prepared for every aspect of a game day and all the traditions that come along with it, starting with a Vol Walk and including virtually every detail that follows it in a game simulation scheduled for tonight. Dooley obviously knows the intricacies and what he's responsible for as a coach in general, but he's had to spend some extra time doing homework on the rest of the stuff specific to his new gig that he'll be trying out at Neyland Stadium.
"I've been doing my research on the traditions and the (newcomers) haven't," Dooley said after practice Tuesday. "So, it's going to be my job to educate them on the traditions and how we're going to use them. Traditions are only good if you truly embrace them.
"If you say we're doing this but you don't really invest in it and do it the right way, then you may as well not do it."
The Vols are planning to do it all out during their last significant dress rehearsal before scaling back and starting preparations for the season opener against UT Martin next week.
That means they'll march into Neyland Stadium down Peyton Manning Pass and Phillip Fulmer Way. The Game Maxims will be recited, and the Vols will run through some sort of 'T.'
And though Dooley has compared the actual game to the Harlem Globetrotters against the Washington Generals, there will be plenty of work on the field as well.
"We're having a mock game tomorrow, which means we're going to do a walkthrough of everything to get ready for the first game - starting with the Vol Walk, our pre-game in the locker room, the Maxims," Dooley said. "We're going to run out, pretend like there's a 'T' - I might get the media in attendance to form the 'T' so we can run out. Halftime, what do we do when we come back in the locker room after pre-game. All those little things (like), 'Where do I sit?' We're going to walk through it.
"Then we're going to have a scripted, substitution (game), running plays, punt, being aware of situations, field goal, making the calls, doing the sideline adjustments, communication on the headsets. We're going to do a real, dry run-through as best we can simulate. We're going to have the Jumbotron. That will be cranking because we have to get used to the distraction of the music and the TV. We've got all these new faces on our team, so we've got to try to simulate the environment as best we can."
Obviously there's no real substitute for a packed stadium and an actual opponent, though both of those will still have to wait.
But for a team that's certainly short on experience and stocked with young guys, Dooley isn't cutting any corners when it comes to preparing them for what they can expect. And he's also getting an opportunity to make sure he's got all the details right as well.
"You guys (in the media) will be evaluating outside the locker room," Dooley joked. "Inside the locker room I have nobody evaluating me, which is how I like it with the team.
"The (traditions) we're going to hone in on, we're going to do it right. I believe in that, otherwise we shouldn't do it."