Bounce-back time in Tennessee?

Pete Fiutak of collegefootballnews.com thinks Tennessee's football team could have a bounce-back season this fall, based on the angry attitude the Vols have shown in preseason.

In a feature called ''Pulling No Punches ... SEC,'' Fiutak previews each of the 12 Southeastern Conference programs. His comments on UT are as follows:

Push out the jive ... For good or bad, Tennessee might be the ultimate attitude team. I'm not talking about trash talking or Kelley Washington-like goofy bravado. I'm referring to how this team's attitude seems to directly affect its play more than most programs. When the team is quiet the week before a big game and comes out tentative, it tends to have problems. When it comes out with a bad-ass attitude, this team plays much better. It might seem like this would be the case for most teams and programs, but some play better when they approach big games in a business-like, as opposed to an emotional, way. When the Vols come out fired up, look out. Fortunately for Tennessee fans ...  Bring in the love ... ... this year's team appears to be ticked off. From the hard spring practices to the must-win-now attitudes of many of the veterans, Tennessee appears to be ready to be back to being Tennessee again. Of course, the ability to stay healthy is going to play a large part in all of this. The Vols were able to win eight games even though they were decimated by injuries. If everyone is healthy, this is a team that should be considered a real threat to win the SEC title. 

Another story at the collegefootballnews.com website, called ''2003 Landmines For Every Team,'' lists one game with upset potential on each team's schedule. Tennessee's potential toe-stubber is South Carolina, Sept. 27.


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