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The magazine's back again this year, and as always, it's all Vols, cover to cover and 100% ad-free.

This year's magazine hits the newsstands in East Tennessee on Tuesday, July 16, but we have a couple of special pre-order offers for the Rocky Top Talk community.

1. The Magazine. Pre-order Rocky Top Tennessee 2013 online before July 11 and get it delivered to your door on the same day it hits the newsstands AND $1.50 off our standard shipping price.

2. The Magazine and RTT T-Shirt Combo. Pre-order both the magazine and the t-shirt before July 11, and get free shipping AND $5 off the shirt, both delivered to your door the same day the magazine hits the newsstands.

Both special offers are applied automatically once you put the items in your cart and calculate shipping. The magazine will only be available on newsstands in East Tennessee, primarily Knoxville, but also Chattanooga, the Tri Cities, and the bigger cities in between. So if you live outside of those areas (or if you want to take advantage of the special offers), order online.

So what's in the thing this year? Glad you asked.

Table of Contents


7 Rebuild or Win Now?
By Brad Shepard
2013 position previews

23 Wide Open Competition
By Brad Shepard
5 QBs compete for the starting gig

29 Good and Dissatisfied
By Brad Shepard
Veteran o-line looking for the stat that matters most

29 The Class of 2013
By Brad Shepard
Meet the Vols’ 2013 recruiting class

35 The Beginning of Something Special
By Steve Wilmoth
Jones and the Vols making early progress in the Tri-Cities


39 The Butch Jones Resume
By Will Shelton
A history of surprises

43 Family Ties
By Stephen Hargis
Jones repairing relationships with former players

47 Home Improvement
By Stephen Hargis
Jones repairing relationships with TN high schools

51 The Legends Class
By Brad Shepard
Class of 2014 already making an impact

55 In With the New
By Joseph L. Stanley
Challenges await every coach on Jones’s staff


61 Scouting the Competition
By Chris Pendley
Vols looking for an upset in 2013

79 Unpacking the Offense
By Chris Pendley
A look at Butch Jones’s offensive philosophy

83 Unpacking the Defense
By Chris Pendley
A look at John Jancek’s defensive philosophy

87 Beware of Underdog?
By Jay Brantner
The importance of the Year One upset

91 The Future Informs the Past
By Jay Brantner
What will the Jones Era tell us about Derek Dooley?


95 15 Years Ago
By Will Shelton
15 plays that defined the 1998 National Championship

99 10 Years Ago
By Will Shelton
UT ended the nation’s longest home winning streak in 2003

101 85 Years Ago
By Patrick Bobo
The Third Saturday in October changed forever in 1928

105 It’s All in the Family
By Brad Shepard
2014 is full of legacy potential

107 The Big Orange Heart Monitor
By John Cave Osborne
A light-hearted look at the last 12 years of UT football