1. Aaron Douglas, tackle: A redshirt freshman, he supplanted Jarrod Shaw as the No. 1 right tackle in Game 4 and started the last nine regular-season games. He was tabbed SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week on Nov. 9 after grading out at 90 percent in Game 9 vs. Memphis but actually graded out higher (91 percent) a week earlier against South Carolina. Named to the Coaches' Freshman All-SEC team earlier this week, the 6-6, 296-pounder likely will switch to left tackle next season, since the Chick fil-A Bowl will be Chris Scott's final college game.
2. Bryce Brown, tailback: Rated the No. 1 prospect in America by Scout.com when he signed last spring, he had to wait his turn in 2009 since first-team tailback Montario Hardesty had a superior senior season. Still, Brown carried 101 times for 460 yards and 3 touchdowns as the chief backup. He averaged a solid 4.6 yards per carry with a long run of 37 yards vs. South Carolina. Brown also caught 10 passes for 137 yards and another TD. The 6-0, 215-pounder projects to be the centerpiece of Tennessee's attack in 2010.
3. Marsalis Teague, wide receiver: He made a smashing debut, leading UT in catches (6) and receiving yards (86) in Game 1 vs. Western Kentucky. He caught just 7 passes for 61 yards in Games 2-12 but still finished the regular season with 13 receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns. He started the first four games, then settled for a backup role once juniors Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore got healthy. Teague averaged 11.3 yards per catch with a long of 24 vs. WKU.
4. David Oku, tailback/return specialist: Although he was the No. 3 tailback, Oku made his greatest impact on special teams. He returned 30 kickoffs for 780 yards, an average of 26.0 per runback, with a long of 69 yards vs. Memphis. As a tailback he had 23 carries for 94 yards (4.1 per carry) and two touchdowns. The 5-10, 186-pounder also caught two passes for another 13 yards.
5. Zach Rogers, wide receiver: He got off to a promising start, catching two passes for 17 yards in the first two games, then recorded just one two-yard reception the rest of the season. The 6-2, 170-pound speedster should be a much bigger factor once he gains much-needed weight and experience.