Fortunately, the Vols appear to be up to the task. They have worked hard this offseason to get their bodies in peak condition for the rough road that lies ahead.
''Overall, I think we're in better shape than any team since I've been here,'' Ofenheusle says. ''We took a little different approach in the spring. We started running in the spring and ran all through the summer. We're doing a whole lot better than I've seen a team doing, endurance-wise and strength-wise.''
Ofenheusle also sees progress in terms of team unity.
''We've jelled here of late,'' he says. ''That's the main part of summer time — to bond as a team. We get stronger and build our endurance (during summer workouts) but the best aspect of it is how your team will jell, versus no one being here till the first day of two-a-days.''