Offensive lineman Rob Smith is going pro, but offensive lineman Arron Sears, defensive linemen Justin Harrell, Turk McBride and Tony McDaniel will return. That was imperative if the Vols want to make a quick turnaround from a disastrous 5-6 season.
If Harrell had not returned, the Vols would have lost their entire starting front seven. Harrell, an All-SEC talent who could play his way into being a first-round draft pick, is a solid foundation around which to build. McBride, who has split his time between end and tackle, figures to play end this season. McDaniel likely will start alongside Harrell.