The members of the group haven't changed any.
The mission of the unofficial Committee to Replace Justin Hunter appears to have undergone a slight change recently, though.
An offense that once was airing it out with regularity was bound to become more ground-based when Hunter was lost for the season with torn ligaments in his knee. The subsequent loss of quarterback Tyler Bray certainly didn't help Tennessee any after that.
But where the Vols had been looking to fill the receiving production left vacant by Hunter, the guys responsible for picking up the slack have had to find other ways to make a measurable impact with few catches to show for their work heading into a clash with No. 14 South Carolina on Saturday (TV: ESPN2, 7:15 p.m.)
"It's been a little bit (frustrating), but at the same time we've got to look past that and focus on what the team needs," junior Zach Rogers said. "We've been pounding the running game, and our job the last couple weeks has been blocking. I think we've gone out and done that very well.
"It will be our turn at some point, and we'll be ready when it happens."
The Vols (3-4, 0-4 SEC) are trying to get there soon after two sloppy weeks throwing the ball since Bray went down, outings that didn't feature much variety on the stat sheet and prompted a change at quarterback with Justin Worley pulled off the bench and plugged into the starting lineup.
The true freshman has yet to even attempt a pass since having his redshirt removed last weekend, but when he does get a chance against the Gamecocks (6-1, 4-1) it would surely help to have more options available to him than sophomore Da'Rick Rogers.
In the loss to the Crimson Tide, Da'Rick Rogers was the only receiver with more than one reception, and he finished with a season-low total of two grabs for just 32 yards. And in two games without Bray, only Rajion Neal among the other wideouts has multiple catches. Zach Rogers, DeAnthony Arnett and Vincent Dallas have collectively been shut out.
"We haven't gotten much outside of Da'Rick at receiver, that's exactly right," UT coach Derek Dooley said. "(Tight end Mychal Rivera) is doing OK. Da'Rick's doing OK. The (running) backs are doing OK when they've gotten their chances, but we haven't had anybody else.
"Between Rajion, DeAnthony, Vincent and Zach, there just hasn't been much from a production standpoint."
The same holds true even when Rivera is thrown into the equation, though like the receivers, the junior has been called upon to do other things aside from catching the ball.
Rivera has proven to be a reliable blocker in the running game, and at times he's been called on to use his size and strength in pass protection as well. The latter doesn't allow him to run a route or make a grab though, which again can make it hard to gauge his impact statistically.
"That's really the life of a tight end," Rivera said. "I've had a conversation with coach Dooley, many of them actually, and me and him know that tight ends have to block and they have to catch.
"I can't worry too much about my catching because I have to show both skills."
Bumps and bruises: Dooley again stressed that the Vols were dealing with a lot of soreness, but his roster only required a pair of green, non-contact jerseys to handle it Tuesday morning.
Freshmen Devrin Young (undisclosed) and Curt Maggitt (calf) were both limited during the workout, though neither is expected to miss the game on Saturday. Defensive linemen Ben Martin and Daniel Hood were wearing normal practice uniforms but were held out of some drills during the media viewing period.