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Jacob Gilliam put in four years of labor as a walk-on offensive lineman to earn the opportunity he got in Tennessee's season opener on Sunday night. In one play, it all went away.

KNOXVILLE — Justin Worley had no idea his streak of consecutive completions reached double digits.

KNOXVILLE — There were a few dazzling debuts.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's offense was far from explosive in Sunday night's season opener.

KNOXVILLE — Justin Worley threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns to help Tennessee beat Utah State 38-7 on Sunday night in a game matching two quarterbacks returning from injuries that ended their 2013 seasons prematurely.

KNOXVILLE — The new season of college football is under way, and there's probably not a Division I team newer than the Tennessee Volunteers.

KNOXVILLE — On one side of the garage sits the big, brand-new truck, complete with the suspension lift, the loud exhaust system and the big off-road tires.

KNOXVILLE — It's almost time for the talking to end, for the questions to be answered.

KNOXVILLE — Perhaps no one is more eager to see Tennessee's many unknowns than the 10 members of the Volunteers' coaching staff.

KNOXVILLE — The smaller number is the one Curt Maggitt's mind this week.

KNOXVILLE — Butch Jones may have inflated the number of freshmen Tennessee will play in Sunday night's season opener for effect.

KNOXVILLE — The Austin Peay football team won't be walking through Neyland Stadium's doors Sunday night.

KNOXVILLE — There was little in the way of surprise regarding the two-deep chart the Tennessee football program released Monday afternoon, except maybe for the player who emerged from the pack at punt returner.

KNOXVILLE — Butch Jones will coach his 13th game at Tennessee when the Volunteers open the football season Sunday night against Utah State.

KNOXVILLE — When Don Mahoney became Tennessee's third offensive line coach in three years two winters ago, one of the first tasks he faced was getting a quartet of seniors and an NFL-minded junior to adopt his coaching methods.

The media guide calls it Butch Jones’s second season as Tennessee’s coach.

Curt Maggitt’s last play in a college football game came more than 600 days ago, in the fourth quarter of Tennessee’s four-overtime loss to Missouri at Neyland Stadium in 2012.

KNOXVILLE — When Jalen Hurd takes the field in his Tennessee debut as the Volunteers open the season against Utah State a week from tonight, it will end a 371-day wait.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee has added another piece to what could be a strong crop of offensive line recruits in its 2015 class.

KNOXVILLE — The growing list of lasts recently began striking Justin Worley's conscience.

KNOXVILLE — There doesn't appear to be a solution in sight to Tennessee's kicking question.

KNOXVILLE — It was around this time last year that the door through which Dimarya Mixon was hoping to go slammed shut, leaving him to evaluate his options.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee may be less than 10 days away from its football season opener, but the Volunteers continue to wait for things to shake out in their secondary.

KNOXVILLE — Preparing for a game should be easier this season for Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's summer workout program included one late-night running session at Neyland Stadium in June and workout that featured strobe lights, dance music and a donut-eating contest in July.

KNOXVILLE — Most of the coaches on Tennessee's football staff enter this season feeling better about the personnel at their disposal than at this time a year ago.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's new-look offensive line will include one true freshman in the season opener against Utah State 12 days from now.

KNOXVILLE — There seems to be no shortage of motivation for the position group that's widely considered Tennessee's biggest question mark entering the 2014 football season.

Notes and observations from Tennessee's practice on Monday afternoon.

KNOXVILLE — As Tennessee's menacing middle linebacker, A.J. Johnson already generates a fairly imposing shadow.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's open practice Saturday night at Neyland Stadium in front of an estimated, early-arriving crowd of 40,000 provided a glimpse into the Volunteers two weeks before their season opener.

KNOXVILLE — Von Pearson took his official recruiting visit to Tennessee last year for the Volunteers' upset win against South Carolina.

KNOXVILLE — Josh Malone is going to be OK.

KNOXVILLE — A fifth Tennessee freshman had his black helmet stripe removed on Friday morning, but it wasn't one of the obvious ones.

KNOXVILLE — Justin Worley will never know what might have been.

KNOXVILLE — The suspense is over.

KNOXVILLE — Butch Jones switched up Tennessee's midweek training camp schedule, swapping a day-night two-a-day set of practice for a closed scrimmage under the lights of Neyland Stadium.

KNOXVILLE — Dillon Bates has taken the X's and O's from meeting rooms and video-review sessions and translated it to the practice or game field countless times before during his football career.

KNOXVILLE — There are the budding sophomore standout, the dazzling junior college transfer and the five-star freshman.

KNOXVILLE — In full training camp mode this week, Tennessee continued its preseason preparations on a steamy Tuesday afternoon at Haslam Field.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee could have the answer to one of its primary preseason questions by the end of the week.

KNOXVILLE — The message was simple.

KNOXVILLE — Alton Howard's path back from the spot in limbo he occupied a few months ago to a spot on Tennessee's football team reached a big checkpoint inside Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.

KNOXVILLE — Linebacker A.J. Johnson is as sure a thing as there is on Tennessee's defense.

KNOXVILLE — It was the first question Butch Jones faced after Tennessee's closed scrimmage inside Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.

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