The comparisons aren't perfect, so Charlie Baggett doesn't even try to make them.
Certainly freshman Da'Rick Rogers has the physical tools to pick up wherever senior Gerald Jones leaves off as a physical, versatile threat on third downs and rushing the football for the Tennessee receivers coach.
Obviously another young guy like Justin Hunter has proved he can stretch the field like the other veteran Denarius Moore did during his last season with the Vols as well.
But before getting carried away with the potential of his freshmen, Baggett isn't yet done with the seniors with one more game coming up later this month, which likely will be the Music City Bowl. UT might have an evolutionary version of its dynamic duo in the works, though the older guys are clearly helping set the foundation for them - and still setting the bar high by wrapping up their careers with some prolific numbers.
"That's hard, not a stretch, but it's hard to kind of compare guys," Baggett said last week. "Gerald has a lot of redeeming qualities, and one of them is his quickness, he can get in and out of breaks, he catches the ball well. Denarius has speed, he runs well and gets behind defenders, so they each have a set of skills that are different from each other, as do all players.
"Everybody is different, Da'Rick is different than Justin, so I don't think I can compare them to anybody. But I will say that they have done what they do the last few games. They've done it well, and I just hope it continues."
The season is continuing for the Vols (6-6, 3-5 SEC) thanks largely to the eye-popping numbers Moore and Jones posted during the four-game winning streak to clinch a bowl bid. The former caught a touchdown in each victory, and last week against Kentucky Moore went over 200 yards in a game for the second time this year. Jones balanced him with a sixth consecutive outing with at least four catches, again providing quarterback Tyler Bray with a security blanket to pick up first downs.
That finishing flurry helped the seniors take back some of the spotlight the newcomers had wrested away earlier in the season, though UT probably wouldn't be in a bowl without them, either.
Hunter added four touchdowns in the final month of the season, and Rogers was a critical component in the running game down the stretch as the Vols found a way to use both players despite some rough patches learning the offense and the finer points of route-running.
To some extent that's an area where the veterans have found another way to leave a legacy at UT, taking Hunter and Rogers under their wings when it might otherwise have been tempting to resent all the attention heaped on the prized recruits.
"I tell you what, I've been around that situation a lot of times over my 34 years in coaching," Baggett said. "I think they've handled it very well. It's got to be kind of - not disappointing - but you have to be conscious of the fact the young guys came in and took a little playing time away from them.
"They handled it very well, and they were great teammates to the young guys, motivated them, helped coach them and brought them along - I think they've handled that situation very well."
The benefits might truly show up when Moore and Jones are gone. But the Vols have one more month to go before they have to worry about that.
Swag for Waggner: The numbers are hard to ignore, and the fact Prentiss Waggner accumulated them while switching midseason from safety to cornerback surely added to his appeal.
That combination helped the sophomore earn second-team All-America honors from Scout.com on Tuesday, an award that would have been difficult to predict coming into the season given UT's uncertain situation in the secondary.
Waggner played a huge role in overcoming those issues, interception five passes, returning three for touchdowns, and also recovering three fumbles while playing both safety and corner during the year.