The face of the Florida program is a new one, but it's familiar to Derek Dooley.
The Tennessee coach certainly knows Will Muschamp well from their time working under the same boss.
The Gators also have a first-year coordinator running their offense.
But the Vols have plenty of game tapes they can watch, and they even have an assistant who has prepared for and played against an attack with Charlie Weis at the controls.
UT isn't exactly flying blind when it heads down to No. 16 Florida for a critical early-season showdown on Saturday (TV: WVLT, 3:30 p.m.). But even with some built-in familiarity with the coaches and a good handle on the personnel, in many ways the Gators are still a mystery — which is why no possibility on either side of the ball hasn't been pursued throughout practice this week.
"We haven't seen hardly anything from them on offense because of the two games they played, and it's the same thing on defense," said Dooley, UT's coach. "I mean, they played vanilla defense the whole game — they're not going to do that against us. We're going to have to be able to handle stuff that our guys are not prepared for and that Florida hasn't shown.
"It's a new staff, they've played two games where it was over at halftime. They haven't shown their stuff, and we're going to see it this week."
Judging by those opening performances against over-matched competition, the Gators (2-0) have been productive in the transition to the pro-style offense favored by Weis and almost flawless defensively in allowing just three points in eight quarters. But Florida Atlantic and UAB aren't exactly a true test of success in the SEC, and those blowouts didn't require a whole lot of effort for a team still well-stocked with athletes.
Similarly, the level of competition for the Vols (2-0) is going up as well after easy victories over Montana and Cincinnati, particularly since they're dealing with some unknown quantities defensively preparing for Weis — whose work has been scouted back to his Notre Dame days.
"You've got a ton of formations and he obviously is excellent at what he does," UT defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said. "You do the research on Weis and throughout his tenure he's got every play and formation known to mankind.
"So I would assume we're going to see something different than what we've seen on tape. There are a lot of games."
Peter Sirmon has had to prepare for a few of them in the past as a player, matching up on the field with the Tennessee Titans when Weis was pulling the strings for the New England Patriots.
But that kind of background only goes so far, and certainly there's a big difference in the personnel Weis is working with now.
"Ton of experience, he's been in a lot of systems, been with a lot of great players," Sirmon said. "He knows how to put his best players in the position to really kind of utilize their skills. He's seen every defense drawn up. A lot of resources to draw upon.
"I just hope he doesn't bring Tom Brady with him."
Bumps And Bruises: Devrin Young was wearing a white jersey for the first time this week, perhaps another sign the Vols are seriously considering giving the freshman a debut with the program on the road against the Gators.
Young, who is coming back from a shoulder injury, has seen work throughout the week on scout team, wearing a red jersey with the number belonging to Florida running back Chris Rainey. But the Bearden High product took that off Thursday morning and looks like he could be used on punt returns on Saturday.
The Vols also are still planning to have Dallas Thomas in the lineup at left tackle, and he practiced again with the starters during the open portion of the indoor practice.
Ben Martin was limited with his ankle sprain, and officially listed as day-to-day, the senior defensive end looks unlikely to play at this point.
Defensive back Prentiss Waggner (shoulder) and linebacker Curt Maggitt (wrist) were both in red, non-contact jerseys. Dooley indicated both were precautionary measures.
Hot Corner: Despite a couple high-profile breakdowns, freshman cornerback Justin Coleman still has the confidence of the coaching staff. But a veteran option is winning them over as well, and senior Art Evans could be in line for more work against the Gators.
"One thing about Art, especially going into a game like this, he's played in games like this before," defensive backs coach Terry Joseph said. "When you have such a group of young guys, you want guys out there who can kind of calm the game down.
"He's had a great two weeks of practice and he's playing better and better. We're starting to see the old Art."