- Jumping to a 35-0 lead on favored California in the season opener.
- Limiting Memphis to 121 yards of total offense in Game 5.
- Overcoming a 24-14 halftime deficit by outscoring Georgia 37-9 in the second half in Game 6.
- Having Jonathan Hefney emerge as a quality punt-return specialist (12.8 yards per runback on average).
- Seeing Robert Meachem finally live up to his hype by catching 67 passes for 1,265 yards and 11 touchdowns.
- Watching Erik Ainge bounce back from a horrendous 2005 season to complete 66.9 percent of his passes for 2,722 yards and 19 touchdowns.
- Being limited to minus-11 rushing yards in a 21-20 home-field loss to Florida.
- Giving up a punt return for touchdown and a kickoff return for touchdown at Georgia.
- Surrendering the game-winning touchdown pass with nine seconds left in a 28-24 home-field loss to LSU.
- Getting taken to the woodshed in a lopsided loss at Arkansas.
- Scoring just two touchdowns against the NCAA's worst defense in the regular-season finale vs. Kentucky.
- The ongoing ineptitude of the kickoff return team.
Tennessee's 9-3 finish represents a significant improvement over its 5-6 mark of 2005. The Vols won four games convincingly – beating Cal 35-18 in Game 1, beating Marshall 33-7 in Game 4, beating Memphis 41-7 in Game 5 and beating Vanderbilt 39-10 in Game 11. They overcame a lousy first half to beat Georgia 51-33 but could not overcome an even lousier first half in a 31-14 loss to Arkansas.
The other six games were decided by a touchdown or less. Tennessee won nail-biters against Air Force (31-30), Alabama (16-13), South Carolina (31-24) and Kentucky (17-12) but lost thrillers to Florida (21-20) and LSU (28-24).
Bottom line: The Vols were rarely impressive but they were usually resourceful.