This is the second straight fall camp that the Vols will report to in Knoxville under a new head coach.
There are several questions surrounding the program and new Head Coach Derek Dooley. We have decided at InsideTennessee.com to attempt to be a little like David Letterman and do our own Top 10 Countdown to the major storylines that are likely to unfold this fall for Volunteer fans and supporters.
We will do this feature over 10 days, taking a look at the top storylines that we could see this fall. Please realize this story is the opinion of the author and doesn't reflect the overall feelings of InsideTennessee.com. This is to help stimulate conversation and discussions in the Rocky Top News forum.
Coming in at No. 5: Who will be the offensive and defensive MVPs on this year's football team? This is a complicated question, also.
If the Vols offensive line gives a quarterback time to throw the football, expect the MVP to be a wide receiver.
If a Vol quarterback has time to throw the football the MVP may be a signal caller.
If the Vols offensive line blocks well, Tauren Poole may be your man.
For some reason I think a wide receiver/tight end type will be the guy this fall and there is no one better to claim the title than senior tight end Luke Stocker.
Stocker has proven that he is reliable. Derek Dooley appears to love the tight end position. So why wouldn't you think the tight end will play a major part in this offensive system?
Stocker is that hybrid type tight end - big enough to play tight end, but small enough to be a deep threat. Just ask Kentucky about that.
He can block well enough to provide help for the Vols running game - something that may need a lot of help since there is no returning offensive line starter on this team this fall.
Stocker is returning for his senior season and hopefully will make it worth it by winning MVP honors this fall.
On the defensive side of the ball, the big-time difference maker on this side of the ball is Janzen Jackson.
If the sophomore can learn to cover first and hit second, he will become a much better overall player.
We have already talked about what it's going to take for him to have a successful season this fall, and first of all he will have to remain out of trouble off the field.
Don't expect the leash for him to be very long with Coach Dooley. A parking ticket might end his career at Rocky Top (probably not) but you get my point. (Or bar brawl)
Jackson is a big-time hitter and if he can adjust to Justin Wilcox's defense, he could have a breakout MVP-type season this fall.