5 Big Things: Tennessee vs. Austin Peay

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1 New Era: Given the opponent is Austin Peay, Butch Jones appears destined to join Phillip Fulmer (1993, 50-0), Lane Kiffin (2009, 63-7) and Derek Dooley (2010, 50-0) in starting on the right foot. Only four UT coaches have lost their debut, the most recent being Johnny Majors in 1977 (27-17, California).

2 Count the Quarterbacks: Justin Worley goes first. Presumably, Nathan Peterman will make his UT debut at some point. Will Jones have the opportunity to play a third quarterback? If so, which true freshman will it be, Riley Ferguson or Joshua Dobbs? One of them will likely be redshirted.

3 Count the Freshmen: Jones said this week 10 true freshmen will probably see the field and the count could go as high as 16. Cameron Sutton, Marquez North and Josh Smith should be easy to spot. Pay special attention on special teams.

4 Count the Wins: This would be No. 800 in the program’s history. Only seven schools have more: Michigan (903), Texas (866), Notre Dame (865), Nebraska (856), Ohio State (837), Oklahoma (831), Alabama (827). At kickoff, the Vols are 799-354-53 (.684)

5 Pacific, 1990: Even though a loss to Austin Peay is inconceivable, bad things can still happen in one-sided games. Chuck Webb, arguably UT’s best tailback ever, never played another snap after an ACL tear on an innocent-looking carry in a 55-7 rout against Pacific.

Mike Strange

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Volsreign1 writes:

Chuck Webb best tailback ever? Absolutely!

goobervol writes:

in response to Volsreign1:

Chuck Webb best tailback ever? Absolutely!

My vote goes to Tom Tracy

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