2. The last-play-of-the-half fumble vs. Georgia. That 14-point swing arguably cost Tennessee a victory, an SEC East title and a BCS bowl bid.
3. Jason Witten's decision last January to bypass his senior season and turn pro. Sadly, he lasted until the third round of the NFL draft, and UT's passing attack missed him terribly.
4. The August knee injury that forced freshman wideout Robert Meachem to miss the entire season. He would've made a difference.
5. Tennessee's failure to sign a blue-chip quarterback last February. As a result, the Vols will go into the 2004 season with more suspects than prospects at the QB position.
6. The inability of tailbacks Cedric Houston and Jabari Davis to find cutback lanes, coupled with the inability of Gerald Riggs, Jr., to find his way to class. A sputtering running game put more pressure on UT's young receivers, who were not consistent enough to carry the load.
7. Tennessee's inability to tackle Cadillac Williams in the first half of the Auburn game. He almost single-handedly put the Vols in a 21-0 hole that they never escaped.
8. James Banks' inconsistency. He caught seven balls for 103 yards at Alabama, seven balls for 80 yards vs. Fresno State and six balls for 76 yards at Auburn. Unfortunately, he also dropped more passes and ran more bad routes than any other UT receiver.
9. Tennessee's failure to utilize Derrick Tinsley until the season was half finished. After going the first six games without a reception or a carry, he proved to be one of the Vols' top weapons down the stretch. Tinsley turned six carries into 67 yards and a touchdown and seven receptions into 68 yards and three more TDs in Games 7-12.
10. The snub of senior safety Gibril Wilson. He played like a first-team All-American but didn't even make first-team All-SEC.