The Vols are still eyeing two quarterbacks: Nick Stephens of the Dallas area and Arvelle Nelson of Cleveland. Stephens has committed to Ole Miss.
UT Faces Another Daunting Schedule
Pat Forde of ESPN.com didn't wait long to submit his preseason top 25.
It includes six SEC teams. It does not include Tennessee.
Forde has LSU No. 6, Florida 7, Auburn 12, Georgia 17, Alabama 19 and South Carolina 25. Tennessee plays each of those teams except Auburn. The Vols also play California, which is ranked No. 15 by Forde.
That's six preseason ranked teams facing the Vols in what promises to be another daunting schedule.
It would be more appropriate to devise a preseason poll after Jan. 15, when underclassmen must declare their intentions to turn pro or stay in school.