The Vols missed a bowl game in 2005 for the first time in 16 seasons, finishing 5-6 overall and never seeming to find a team identity. Fulmer has made unity during spring drills a priority.
"One-on-one doesn't win," he said. "Football is a team sport and I think we learned a great lesson about living on your past laurels or looking past the time you are here. It's about the team and being a part of the team, having a chance to be around special people and having a special event happen to you while you're here.
"You're only as good as the guy lined up next to you or behind you or in front of you. That's the essence of what this team should be about."
The Vols return to the practice field next week for Tuesday and Thursday sessions before staging their first spring scrimmage Saturday, March 11.
Tennessee's Orange and White Game is April 8 at Neyland Stadium.