Tennessee spring football practice begins March 9, but the first meaningful competition of the Butch Jones era begins Wednesday morning.
Coaches have selected two captains for each of 10 teams. On Wednesday, the captains will conduct what Jones described as an "NFL-style draft" to fill out each team with roughly 10 players.
Dubbed the "VOLympics," the event allows teams to amass points without scoring touchdowns or kicking field goals.
Here's how Jones laid out the scoring during one of his tour stops last week:
Players will gain points for things like acing a test, attending a Bible study session, volunteering in the community or generally behaving in a way that reflects well on the program.
Coach can take away points from players who do things like miss a study hall or dress sloppily. (Jones cited wearing a cap sideways or sagging pants as examples).
The winner is crowned at a Night of Champions event later in the spring.
A team that lags behind might be sent to a 6 a.m. workout, Jones said. But there's a catch. Only the two captains will be forced to do the workouts, even if they didn't do anything wrong.
Jones said he hopes the resulting accountability forges leadership skills and fosters a positive peer pressure to do the right thing.
The selection of the 20 captains could already provide some early clues about who the coaching staff sees as potential leaders.
Here's how the teams break down: Brian Randolph and Jason Croom (Team Power T), Antonio "Tiny" Richardson and A.J. Johnson (Team Checkerboard), Justin Worley and Eric Gordon (Team the Hill Gang), Marlon Walls and Rajion Neal (Team Rocky Top), Ja'Wuan James and Channing Fugate (Team Smokey), Corey Miller and Nathan Peterman (Team Neyland), Curt Maggitt and Marlin Lane (Team Orange & White), Zach Fulton and Raiques Crump (Team The Rock), Brent Brewer and James Stone (Team Vol Navy) and Byron Moore and Maurice Couch (Team Vol Walk).
The teams will be drafted Wednesday morning. The UT website will provide a live blog beginning at 10:15 a.m. as the teams are selected.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.