The handful of familiar names have been busy picking up preseason awards.
The newer ones have dominated the rest of the offseason discussion as Derek Dooley builds the Tennessee talent level.
But it's the guys somewhere in between established expectations and hype that figure to determine how successful the Vols can be heading into the coach's second season with the program.
They might already be starters waiting to emerge as all-conference performers or they might simply be trying to win a job. But either way, when the Vols begin sorting through the roster after reporting today for the first practice of fall camp on Tuesday, these four players could potentially help swing the momentum when the season starts.
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The Vols have one convenient example to point to if the sophomore had doubts about moving from defensive end to tackle.
All they have to do is point to Malik Jackson, who went from struggling on the edge to wreaking havoc on the inside seemingly overnight after making the move in the middle of last season.
If Miller is able to match Jackson's success in some form or fashion, the rotation at defensive tackle could be a handful with newcomer Maurice Couch and converted offensive lineman Daniel Hood already expected to give the Vols a boost inside.
The Vols have one dynamic duo in the sophomore class, and they signed another one they expect to add to the productivity as freshmen this fall.
Perhaps lost in the shuffle with Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter returning and DeAnthony Arnett and Vincent Dallas reporting — there's an experienced junior that could lend an important set of hands for quarterback Tyler Bray as well.
Zach Rogers started four games and finished with 14 catches and a touchdown last season — and actually finished the season with three more grabs than Da'Rick Rogers.
That doesn't make him a threat to take a starting job away from the former five-star recruit, but he could play a critical role in support.
Assuming his nagging turf-toe injury is no longer a concern, the junior will enter fall practice as perhaps UT's best returning cornerback.
But since bagging a large supply of talented defensive backs on National Signing Day, the defensive theme since spring has been the "cavalry" coming to help UT in the secondary.
The return of Janzen Jackson to play alongside Brent Brewer leaves UT in good shape at safety, which should allow the Vols to focus their attention on the cornerbacks in what could be a scheme that regularly relies on five defensive backs. Teague will have plenty of competition to keep one of those spots, but his eight starts a year ago might give him an edge.
The Vols have publicly expressed an interest in getting the ball in the hands of their fullback more often this season. Considering the gaudy statistics he put up as a running back in high school, that surely isn't a bad idea.
A 3,000-yard rusher as a junior in high school, Fugate obviously isn't going to ever come close to matching that output again. But he can provide a possible change of pace for a ground attack that struggled mightily at times last season — and should definitely get more than the zero carries he had as a freshman.
Fugate might be even more valuable to UT as a threat out of the backfield in the passing game, a skill he has really only shown off once with a 17-yard reception last year against Kentucky. But one way or another, if Fugate gets more involved, defenses could have one more headache to deal with.