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Tennessee's Butch Jones understands challenges ahead

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Butch Jones has enjoyed an extended honeymoon period in which he has re-energized the fan base and excited recruits since his December arrival.

Now comes the hard part.

Tennessee opens preseason camp Friday with an uncertain quarterback situation, an inexperienced receiving corps and a defense that statistically ranked among the worst in school history last year. 5 of Tennessee's first eight games this fall are against teams ranked ninth or higher in last year's final Top 25.

This debut season at Tennessee will provide quite a test for Jones, who has answered every challenge thus far. Jones has won raves for his outgoing personality and willingness to engage with the fan base. He has put together 1 of the top-ranked 2014 recruiting classes.

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