After suffering through a long stretch of mediocrity, the Tennessee Volunteers finally took a sizable step forward in the second season of the Butch Jones era.
Coming off three straight 5-7 seasons, the Volunteers surprisingly went 7-6, including the school’s first bowl win in seven years.
So how did the Volunteers manage to post their first winning record since 2009? A lot of the team’s success had to do with Jones’ decision to play a bunch of true freshmen. Defensive end Derek Barnett and running back Jalen Hurd enjoyed tremendous freshman campaigns and should be counted on to take the next step in 2015.
Still, if the Volunteers hope to be a legit contender in the SEC, there are several areas for improvement. Let’s take a look at how Tennessee can improve its chances at winning the SEC East for the first time since the 2007 season.