An early look at South Carolina's Oct. 27 opponent, Tennessee, plus video comments from head coach Derek Dooley and players Tyler Bray and Ja'Waun James.
... Last year's record: 5-7, 1-7 SEC
... Bowl game last season: None
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... Head coach: Derek Dooley 11-14, two years (38-34 career record, five years)
... Series record: Tennessee leads 22-6-2
... Coaches All-SEC selections: WR Da'Rick Rogers (1st team); WR Justin Hunter (2nd); DB Prentiss Waggner (2nd); OL Dallas Thomas (3rd); OLB A.J. Johnson (3rd)
... Tyler Bray, quarterback: After an exceptional freshman season, he was injured for much of 2011, and his Vols limped to a 5-7 finish. Whether he can lead Tennessee this year remains to be seen, but he's shown excellent athleticism and ball control.
... Marlin Lane, running back: If he has a breakout season, the Vols could become a multi-dimensional offensive threat. Tennessee averaged only 90 yards rushing a game last season.
... The Gamecocks have passed the Volunteers in overall talent. Derek Dooley inherited a mess in Knoxville and is still trying to boost UT back into the upper echelon of the SEC. Even without Lattimore last season, USC rolled to 231 yards on the ground and won 14-3 despite having three turnovers. They have won two in a row against the Vols for the first time in series history.
... Tennessee should have a healthy Tyler Bray at quarterback. The junior missed last season's game with an injury. Bray had 17 touchdowns in seven games and was averaging 283 yards passing before his season-ending injury. If he returns to form, Tennessee should be much improved on last year's 5-7 record.