One year later, everything feels just fine for Nick Reveiz.
It's one year older that seems to be the only thing the Tennessee senior really seems worried about.
Approaching the anniversary of a day Reveiz refuses to forget, one that ended a breakout junior season, he's not showing any signs of lingering issues with a surgically repaired knee and is perhaps playing even better than he was at this point last season.
But heading into Saturday's nonconference meeting with UAB (TV: WVLT, 12:21 p.m.), Reveiz clearly notices one significant physical change that has little to do with going under the knife.
"I'm not 18 years old anymore, and I can tell," Reveiz said. "You all make fun of me because I'm 22 and I say I feel old, so who knows how I'll feel when I'm 32. But when I was 18 and a freshman I could come out here and run and not have to cold-tub or put ice on me.
"It's a long process of warming up, a long process of cooling down, but during the games I feel great.
"That's a tribute to the training staff, how good of a job they've done. It's a tribute to (strength coach) Bennie (Wylie) training my muscles and being able to run, so I'm feeling good. I mean, it's one of those maintenance things."
That might lead to more work during the week for the middle linebacker, but it's been less on the weekends that has been the biggest help in keeping Reveiz healthy so far.
Gone are the days when he'd take every defensive snap for UT (1-2, 0-1 SEC), though the desire to do so hasn't faded one bit.
The Vols have no problem whatsoever sending Austin Johnson out to spell Reveiz and give him a break, though, and with the Blazers (1-2, 0-1 C-USA) coming to visit, at this point they haven't missed a beat with either making the calls at the center of the unit.
"Definitely, and last year it was a different case," Reveiz said. "The first four games, I never came out. It's good to get (Johnson) in there, and he's a player. He's made so many plays, how can you not put him in the game? It's good for him to be in there, and he made a huge play again (against Florida).
"We need him in there, we need him to play, and that helps me out, too. We feel like we've got a good thing going right now with the linebackers in the rotation."
If anything, the Vols might have to try to get Johnson more involved as the season goes on - even with Reveiz at full strength and coming off a career-high 14 tackles against the Gators.
Through three games the combination in the middle has produced 35 tackles -three for a loss - both guys have recovered a fumble and Johnson also has an interception to his credit. Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has a 4-4 alignment and short-yardage packages in the playbook to get both on the field at the same time, but for now Johnson's main opportunities will come when UT drags off Reveiz off the field.
"I think that's huge, just because it's 70 plays or 75 plays against a big, physical team, and that can sometimes wear a guy down," Wilcox said. "While we'd like to have Nick out there every play we can, we also know it's in our best interest to try to spell him a little bit during the game so he's fresh.
"He's one of those guys that, if he could, he'd be out here all night. They're a joy to coach, I mean, he's awesome. There are other guys like that as well, but he's a guy that if you let him, he'll work himself to death."
Reveiz isn't letting that workload get any lighter during the days leading up to a game. But one year later, there's no denying the value of some time off.