If you're Derek Dooley, there's plenty of reason to be cautious heading into the 2012 season. You've got a new defensive coordinator who's looking to slowly indoctrinate a new defensive scheme (3-4), several star players, returning from major injury, who will be counted on to spur the offense and pick up where the defense may sputter (Justin Hunter among them), and a fan base who may or may not be getting a little tired of seeing you wearing the (orange) pants in the Volunteers' family—despite what your mama has to say about it.
That said, no one can ever accuse Dooley of being unrealistic. If anyone knows how much is on the line next season, it's him, and he's certainly not taking anything for granted.
"We've got to learn our new scheme and try to fit our personnel within that scheme. That's not going to be an easy thing to do."
He said a mouthful there, didn't he?
Truthfully, despite all the returning talent, he's...