Top 5 Offensive Impact Players for 2004

If there is one thing that this year's Tennessee football team would like to improve on over last year, it would have to be the offense. At times last year the Tennessee offense struggled and with the departure of Casey Clausen, the Vols will need to really pull together as a team. Inside we take a look at five offensive players who must have big seasons in order for the Big Orange to have a successful season.

CJ Leak - CJ is most likely the biggest key to this year's offense. After getting an extra year of eligibility, this is his year to shine and show the Big Orange Nation what he can do. CJ has seen very minimal playing time since transfering from Wake Forest since Casey Clausen was tough as nails during his tenure at Tennessee and rarely missed any playing time. Last season, CJ completed 5-8 passes for 66 yards and one touchdown which came late in the 4th quarter during the UGA game. He also proved he could lead the offense during the Orange and White Spring Game as he completed 12-17 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. CJ is without a doubt the biggest key to this year's offense and is looking forward to proving his doubters wrong and leading the Big Orange to a successful season.

Cedric Houston - Cedric already has one personal goal for year. He wants to have a successful Senior season and rush for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his UT career. Cedric could've easily had one or two 1,000+ rushing seasons already had it not been for the injuries he's encountered. Last season, Cedric rushed for 749 yards and two touchdowns as he led the Vols in rushing. If the Vols want to get back on top in the SEC East, then Cedric must have a huge season, since the Vols will rely on him heavily this season.

Chris Hannon - Chris was the surprise player of last season. No one expected him to have such a big impact, especially coming in midway through the season. Chris had a breakthrough Sophomore season as he had 319 yards receiving to go along with seven touchdowns. He made what was most likely the biggest play of the Orange and White Spring Game as he was on the receiving end of a 69 yard TD pass from CJ Leak. The Tennessee Coaching Staff will be expecting big things from Chris this season.

Dustin Colquitt - He plays quite possibly the least appreciated position but also plays what might be the most important position. Dustin has had a stellar career at UT and is without a doubt the best punter in the SEC and without his great punts, the Vols could've easily lost a few more games. He is the best at turning field position and averaged 45.3 yards per punt last season which is a stellar average. Should the Vol offense struggle this season, Dustin quickly becomes the most valueble player on the team as puts the Vol defense in great shape.

Albert Toeina - Big things are expected from Albert this season as well as he will help anchor the Tennessee offensive line which struggled at times last season. Albert is a junior college transfer from the City College of San Francisco and was listed by as a five star recruit and the #3 junior college offensive lineman in the country. He will be expected to have an impact right away as he will be thrown in the mix for the UNLV game on September 5th.

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