The offense ranked 81st nationally in rushing. The defense was ninth in the SEC.
That's no way to win a championship, right?
No. But Arkansas did OK for itself with a below-average running game and a pedestrian defense last season.
The Razorbacks passed their way to an 11-2 record and a fifth-place finish in both top-25 polls. Tennessee fans couldn't ask for a better role model.
Arkansas had an accomplished passer in Tyler Wilson. UT has an accomplished passer in Tyler Bray.
The strength of Arkansas' team was its receiving corps. The strength of UT's team is its receiving corps.
So far, so good for the Vols. There's a catch, though.
Although Arkansas proved you can pass your way to national prominence without honoring such traditional SEC virtues as running and defense, its special teams played a huge complementary role in its success.
You might remember Joe Adams, who seemingly became invisible in the face of five UT defenders on a touchdown punt return.
He led the SEC in punt returns last season, and two other Razorbacks ranked third and fourth in the conference in kickoff returns.
Arkansas' Dylan Breeding led the SEC in punting average, and placekicker Zach Hocker ranked second in field goals made.
UT has a potentially explosive passing game like Arkansas'. Its defense could be just as good or better than the Razorbacks' was last season. And its running game can't help but be improved after outrushing only four other FBS teams.
But imagine if the Vols had special teams comparable to the 2011 Razorbacks. If that's too much to ask, imagine what improvement top-40 special teams could provide.
The Vols ranked 61st last season in punt returns, 41st in kickoff returns, and 104th in net punting. They didn't have any Lou Groza
Maybe experience will help. Punter Matt Darr and placekicker/punter Michael Palardy, who wowed no one last season, return. Palardy needed only one scrimmage to boost special-teams optimism. He made all four of his field-goal attempts in Saturday's first preseason scrimmage.
Punt/kick returner Devrin Young also returns. Though not in Adams' class, he qualified as an upgrade for UT last season.
Recruiting could be a factor, too. Much has been made of the impact wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson could have on the passing game. He also could impact the return game.
"It's hard to find better than Devrin from what I saw," UT special-teams coach Charlie Coiner said. "But CP brings something to the table."
He brings track speed. That was evident last season at Hutchinson Community College, where he returned 10 kicks for 482 yards and three touchdowns.
"CP is one of those guys," Coiner said. "How good is he? I can tell you he's fast and we're glad we have him."
Adams repeatedly showed the difference a big-play return man could make, But you don't need last season's Razorbacks to appreciate the impact of special teams. Just check out the last two college games played in the Georgia Dome.
Auburn recovered an onside kick, blocked two punts and had a 62-yard kick return in beating Virginia 43-24 in last December's Chick-fil-A Bowl. A few weeks earlier, LSU defeated Georgia 42-10 in the SEC championship game, thanks in part, to special-teams play.
LSU's Tyrann Mathieu had a 62-yard return for a touchdown and averaged 29.8 yards on four punt returns. Tigers punter Brad Wing averaged 50.8 yards on eight punts.
Those are other examples worth following when the Vols open their 2012 season in the Georgia Dome.