All the materials needed for a productive running game are on hand.
Some assembly is still required though.
Tennessee has a big-play threat at running back who will be back for another season, a young, talented offensive line that could be a load for years, and it seems to even have a weapon perfectly designed for picking up yardage on end-arounds and reverses.
Perhaps just as important, the Vols also saw firsthand in last Saturday's 24-14 win over Kentucky what fullback Channing Fugate is capable of as a lead blocker when he parlayed one punishing shot into a takedown of two defenders.
The next step is just making sure all those pieces are working simultaneously, which figures to be a major point of emphasis as UT prepares for a likely trip to the Music City Bowl in Nashville and tries to balance out an offense that at one point tried to throw on 20 consecutive plays against the Wildcats.
"I don't remember having an inept running game the way we have it," Vols coach Derek Dooley said. "On third-and-1, we get a negative-inch. We've had opportunities, we're just not very good running the football, so why wouldn't we throw it?
"Show me what running play is better than some of these throws we've got, and I'll put it in."
The Vols (6-6, 3-5 SEC) found some that worked late in the postseason-clinching victory, salting away the last five minutes of the fourth quarter all on the ground.
But that drive was really the only one they had all day where everything seemed to click for the least productive rushing offense in the SEC, with tailback Tauren Poole picking up a critical first down, the line getting a solid push up front and freshman Da'Rick Rogers adding another highlight to his reel of end-around carries.
The rest of the afternoon was another mixed bag when the Vols weren't airing it out. Poole averaged just 3.5 yards per attempt and wound up six yards short of 1,000 for the season.
Rogers added 30 yards on three carries, though it's difficult to build a rushing attack around a receiver. The line showed more flashes of potential by occasionally clearing some massive holes, but even it was overshadowed by Fugate's big block on the perimeter that helped spring Rogers in the third quarter.
But aside from versatile lineman Jarrod Shaw, everybody involved on the ground will be back for at least one more season - which figures to make those long streaks without a run pretty rare in the future.
"The blocking is coming along so great," Rogers said. "From what it was against UT Martin to now what it is against Kentucky, you can really see how the offensive line, the receivers, the fullbacks and running backs are all progressing in our blocking schemes.
"I saw it all opening up right in front of me (on Saturday). I mean, Fugate, he's another freshman that's playing a lot for us, and he's playing his tail off."
The fact that Fugate and the other young Vols are getting the chance to do it so often early in their careers and in meaningful games should pay off down the road.
In some ways it already did in helping UT lock up its bowl bid - though it will certainly be looking for more improvement on the ground with a couple more weeks of practice before the bowl.
"Eventually you've got to run it, and we did," Dooley said. "That four-minute offense at the end was awesome."
Now the Vols just have to get all those ingredients in order at the beginning of a game as well.
UT would take the four wins with Tyler Bray under center any way they came.
But for the third time during his breakout month starting for the Vols, the freshman quarterback added style points.
The SEC selected him as co-Freshman of the Week after Bray threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns, the third time he's been named to the league's weekly honor roll since he took over the UT offense.
Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins shared the award.
Bray also tossed for more than 300 yards for the third time in November, with more than 200 of them and both touchdowns in the victory over the Wildcats coming before halftime as he helped secure one more start during his freshman campaign.
A big part of his success has come from a dynamic relationship with senior Denarius Moore, who went over the 200-yard receiving mark for the second time this season thanks to a handful of deep balls from Bray on Saturday.
Moore finished the game with 205 yards on seven catches with a touchdown, earning him an honorable mention spot in the SEC's weekly awards.