Tennessee's 2011 football season did not exactly produce an assault on the record book.
Statistics compiled by the Vols last fall were modest virtually across the board. The exceptional was in short supply.
Da'Rick Rogers didn't set any records but he did top the SEC with 67 pass receptions. He was the first Vol to lead an SEC stat category since Eric Berry's interception binge in 2008.
I wonder if 2012 will be much different.
There is, in fact, potential.
It won't be rushing. There's no Chuck Webb on this roster. No one has given hints that Travis Stephens' UT season record (1,464 yards) is in peril.
Assistant coach Jay Graham can at least show his guys videotape of his 1,438-yard season in 1995.
Kicking marks set by Fuad Reveiz, Jeff Hall, John Becksvoort and Alex Walls should survive another year.
Punting? All school records are locked in a vault in the basement of the McClung Museum until the next generation of Colquitts comes of age.
Defensive records don't get as much hype. Stats are for offense. Witness the history of Heisman Trophy voting.
Actually, there is a Vol defender who could claim a bit of history if the cards fall right.
Prentiss Waggner has three career interception returns for touchdowns. The SEC and NCAA record is five.
Tennessee's own Jackie Walker (1969-71) owns the SEC mark and shares the NCAA record.
Waggner could get his hands on a few balls this year. At least Derek Dooley and Sal Sunseri hope so.
But I've been saving the most intriguing possibility for last — Tyler Bray and the promise of an aerial circus.
When it comes to the passing game at Tennessee, school records don't come cheap. That goes for both throwing and catching.
Few UT receivers have had a more productive season than Rogers did last year: 67 catches, 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns. All that despite no bowl and a mysterious catatonic affliction at Kentucky.
The school season reccords are 76 catches (Marcus Nash), 1,298 yards (Robert Meachem) and 13 TDs (Nash).
Rogers will be every bit as talented in 2012. And he'll have a top-notch gunslinger throwing the ball for an entire season if Bray stays healthy. Bray missed five games last year.
However, Rogers won't be the singular target this year as he was in 2011 after Justin Hunter went down.
Hunter's back. Junior college star Cordarrelle Patterson is on board. Bray will have a lot of options and that, in turn, will make it hard for a receiver to blaze new ground.
Ultimately, Bray should be the most likely Vol to get his name on a record.
Actually, he already has if you read the fine print.
In 2010, his 308 passing yards in the first half against Memphis set a UT record for a half.
Last year, he was 34-of-41 against Cincinnati, an 82.9 completion percentage that set a school record for a game with a minimum of 30 attempts. (Tee Martin's 23-of-24 in 1998 is the overall standard.)
The guy is prolific. Despite playing only parts of two seasons, Bray is ninth on the career passing chart with 3,832 yards. A healthy season could see him leap all the way to fourth, passing Andy Kelly (6,397).
Could Bray approach Peyton Manning's 36 touchdown passes in a season? He's got 35 in 12 career starts, right at an average of three a game.
He's not likely to see a deluge of seven in one game, unless, like Erik Ainge in 2007, he gets four overtimes.
But if Bray tacks on some cheapies against, say, Georgia State and Troy and adds a couple in a bowl game, it's not an entirely ridiculous proposal.
Somebody ought to at least keep count.