Half of UT Vols' strong class already in school

KNOXVILLE — For the 14 players who began their Tennessee football careers this week, the adjustment is under way.

The Volunteers need their early arrivals to be quick learners.

With roughly half of a recruiting class that's been rated among the nation's best since last spring now on campus, the anticipation can begin for a group coach Butch Jones and his staff hope can help turn around Tennessee's program.

"There are some things we have to understand: Some of these individuals are 17 years old going away to college for the first time, so everything is changing for them," Jones said last month. "Their friends, the expectations, the work volume of being in a collegiate setting with academics, with the offseason strength and conditioning -- that's why we're going to have to rely on our older players to really nurture them, so to speak, and bring them along.

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