Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/8)

The Knoxville News Sentinel has a look at five impact freshmen from 2011 who will be keys to the 2012 Vols season. Check out Austin Ward's story: Playing young guys early in their careers proves a solid building block for Vols.

Here is the start:

Tennessee's football team couldn't afford to wait on its freshmen. Those young guys also had no interest in waiting to produce.

That combination didn't help the Vols finish the season with a bowl bid, but after again getting so many first-year players on the field and knocking out a few growing pains quickly, they could be in much better position to make a run moving forward in Derek Dooley's third season.

Assuming the development continues as planned for UT, starting with these five players after productive debut seasons, the program could be in good hands when the freshman label is officially shed and they return as experienced sophomores.

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