Tennessee Stat Book
Game preview: Tennessee vs. Florida
Know your Vols: Media Day smacktalk
1. Play To Win: Last time the Vols were in The Swamp it appeared Lane Kiffin was at times playing to keep the score respectable. To that extent a 23-13 loss was mission accomplished. Tennessee isn't completely back up to speed yet but it's close enough to go all out to win.
2. It's Not Memphis: Nor Nashville nor the friendly confines of Neyland Stadium. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray is 6-1 in starts but this is his first outside the state border. And The Swamp is way, way outside the border. On a lot of levels.
3. Mr. Charlie: Asked how many formations and plays and routes you have to prepare for in facing Florida's new resident offensive mastermind Charlie Weis, UT defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said "about 10,000.'' He was exaggerating but making a point. It will be a chore just to get lined up right but the Vols can't afford not to. Busted assignments will be brutal.
4. Hidden Yardage: The punt game has proved decisive in a variety of ways in the UT-Florida series, several of them not to Tennessee's advantage. Everyone is waiting to see if Bearden High School's own Devrin Young makes his debut returning punts. But also keep in mind Matt Darr's limited and thus far sketchy punting in his two-game career.
5. Detente: The rivalry has produced its share of coaching friction over the years — Spurrier-Fulmer and, ever so briefly, Meyer-Kiffin. Derek Dooley and Will Muschamp are best buds on the branches of the Nick Saban family tree. So don't expect any sarcastic wisecracks or icy stares. However,that doesn't mean they don't want to beat each other's butts.