Not all the faces are new, but there's still something a little different even with the one holdover working with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.
With Darin Hinshaw only trading quarterbacks for wide receivers, though, his acclimation period figures to be a bit easier and might take up a little less of Chaney's time.
And during what amounts to something like Tennessee Coaching Orientation as a revamped staff locked itself in meeting and film rooms last week, Chaney might have needed one other guy who knows his way around the attack as the process for fixing it gets rolling.
"I think what I always try to do is get everybody on a grass-roots level," Chaney said during a media session on Wednesday. "Let's go though our base offense, this is who we are. Now, let's share some ideas. Let's talk about what you did a little bit different and see how they mix into what we're going to do right now.
"But primarily it's just getting to know one another, getting to know who's a little fiery, who isn't. Who is as cool as I am and who isn't?"
Chaney joked that none of the new hires can match him in that department. But regardless of their possible differences in personality or background, it was clear that even early in their time together the group in charge of getting the UT offense back on track has worked quickly to establish some chemistry.
And while Jay Graham (running backs), Charlie Coiner (tight ends) and Sam Pittman (offensive line) are getting up to
speed on the personnel, learning UT's philosophy and analyzing a few things that went wrong a year ago, they're also simply getting to know Chaney and Hinshaw as they all prepare for their first spring practice together starting late next month.
"Sometimes (chemistry) happens right away," Graham said. "I like these guys, Sam Pittman, Charlie Coiner, all those guys are great. I feel like we mesh really good personality-wise. The thing for us is just getting on the same page as far as what coach Chaney wants.
"We talk about what we've done in the past and all that kind of stuff, and just as long as the staff is on the same page, I'm sure the offense will be on the same page. He's the offensive coordinator, so we're going to do it the way he wants it done. I think that's the key to it, and we're just trying to learn our players and learn how we can improve."
The Vols left plenty of room for that last season, particularly with a running game that was as punchless as any in the country. UT had occasional difficulties throwing the ball as well, though that could be attributed more to critical injuries for receiver Justin Hunter and quarterback Tyler Bray along with a lack of depth than any schematic issues.
But either way, whether the coaches were around to witness everything up close like Hinshaw or Chaney or are only seeing it now on film, they're all digging in together to make sure it's right moving forward.
"We're going through all the plays and finding out structurally what we need to work on," Chaney said. "But throughout the X's and O's, it gets down to some base stuff every time. It's how you play the game more than X's and O's.
"It's a lot of fun, and we enjoy this part of the season and trying to get to know one another. It's been good because I've known a few of them a bit over the years, so it's fun to get them in the room. It's exciting right now going over our football plays and our offense as we look at what we did last year good and bad as we move into trying to make some corrections and some changes to get some fresh ideas."
There might be a healthy supply now with so many fresh faces around to share them.