''I think we're going to have a tremendous corps. We all know what we have here, and we have a special group. They know they have to get the job done.''
Tennessee can't pin its hopes for an improved passing game on three freshmen, however. The Vols must get bigger contributions from their returning wideouts, as well. Asked if the veteran pass-catchers are looking good, Wilson nodded.
''Oh, yeah,'' he said. ''They're catching the ball, running the routes, communication with Casey (Clausen). They're all definitely on the same page. Last year there was confusion at times. This year nobody knows who the go-to guy is, so they're all expecting the ball at any time.''
Wilson came to the Vols from junior college a year ago, survived a rocky start and eventually won a starting job. So, heading into his senior season he's regarded as one of the top strong safeties in the Southeastern Conference.
''My confidence is very high,'' he said. ''I've got one year in the system and I feel great. Me and (free safety) Rashad Baker are on the same page. With me and him being exactly the same type of player, we push each other every day. We work out together and do drills together to become the best two safeties.''
''Jabari's the most confident person I know,'' he said. ''He's going to do whatever it takes. This year he's more focused. He knows this is his last year, and he's excited to get the old Jabari back out there.''
So, what's the overall outlook for Tennessee's secondary?
''I believe this can be a special group,'' Wilson said.