Before Byron Moore even buckled his chin strap for the first time as a Tennessee Volunteer last summer, some felt that he would be an immediate starter as a redshirt sophomore who'd spent a season at Southern California before earning several awards at Los Angeles Harbor (Calif.) Community College.
A combination of having something of a tweener size and skill set together with flying into Knoxville in less than peak physical condition left the heralded defensive back only sniffing the field on special teams until October.
Take a listen to what Moore said after Sunday's preseason camp session for the veterans at Haslam Field in the video below:
Big Orange County has much higher expectations for its football team in 2012 for a variety of reasons. One of which is experience.
JaWuan James is a microcosm of the peaks and valleys of the last two years along with the anticipation for the season ahead.
Trotting onto campus out of North Gwinnett (Ga.) High School as FOX Sports NEXT's No. 6 offensive tackle in the country and a four-star prospect, James started for Tennessee from Day 1, which isn't always best in a league such as the Southeastern Conference.
Twenty-five straight starts later, the media pegged him as a third-team member of the preseason All-SEC squad along the offensive front back in July.
To hear more of what the 6-foot-6, 324-pounder out of Suwanee, Ga. said following Day 3 of the preseason summer camp, click play on the video below:
Redshirt junior defensive lineman Marlon Walls and his teammates got a chance to switch roles with the offensive unit Sunday afternoon in individual workouts, doing ball security drills. Walls said that it was a great way to get their mind off the heat and have a little fun.
Walls added that the defense is noticeably closer as a unit heading into the 2012 season and truly enjoy each other's company.
Walls, who is coming off a 22 tackle, four tackle for loss, one sack 2011 season, spoke with the media Sunday. Watch below to see the Olive Branch, Miss., native's comments: