The authors go on to rate QB Casey Clausen UT's top offensive player and safety Rashad Baker the top defensive player. Surprisingly, they list wideout Tony Brown as the ''key to a successful season,'' adding that: ''Brown became the team's top wide receiver in a down year for the Tennessee receiving corps. Now he has to become a weapon to take the heat off the running game.''
After noting that the Vols are ''a step or two behind Georgia in talent at the moment,'' the article points out that they ''should still have a shot at the (SEC East) title with the Dawgs coming to Knoxville.''
CFN lists the Sept. 20 shootout at Florida as Tennessee's 'key game,' noting: ''Since Tennessee gets South Carolina and Georgia at home, the Florida game is the main road obstacle in the quest for an SEC East title. If Tennessee loses this game, it won't be able to make another mistake.''
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