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The 8th edition of our annual UT football preseason magazine is now available, and as always, it's all Vols, cover to cover, and 100% ad-free.

Rocky Top Tennessee 2016
Rocky Top Tennessee 2016

This year's magazine hits the newsstands all over the state of Tennessee (and select locations in 10 other states) on Friday, May 27, but as a Rocky Top Talk reader, you can get it before then, and with some shipping incentives to boot (assuming they arrive at the store tomorrow as expected).

There are a couple of different items/packages available:

1. The Magazine and RTT T-Shirt Combo. Order both the magazine and the Official 2016 RTT "Now We Here" t-shirt, and SAVE $10.00 ($5.00 on the stuff plus another $4.95 in shipping). A great price plus FREE SHIPPING and delivered right to your door. And if you order before noon on Friday, 5/20/16, you'll likely receive your package before the annual is even available on the newsstands.

2. The Magazine right now. Order Rocky Top Tennessee 2016 online, get it shipped the next business day (once it arrives, which we expect to be 5/17/16), AND get FREE SHIPPING (a savings of $4.95). So basically, you'll be getting it delivered right to your door for the same price you'd pay at the grocery store, plus, if you order before Monday, 5/23/16, you'll likely have it in your hands before it even shows up on 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 Tennessee and in limited areas in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia, so if you live outside those areas, order online. And heck, if you live in Tennessee, order online anyway this week and get it early.

3. You can also get just the Now We Here t-shirt, if you'd like to do that. (Congrats to _trey_ again for designing the one we chose, and thanks to everyone who submitted a design.) You can choose between Tennessee orange and white, and you can also choose how you want us to prioritize the printing of your shirt. The standard time frame is 10 business days, but choosing the "Hurry" option means we'll prioritize your order over non-hurry orders and try to ship it within five business days, but it's not guaranteed. And if you choose "Rush Guaranteed," we'll print your t-shirt and ship it within five business days or we'll refund your rush fee.

RTT 2016 Official Now We Here tee (orange)
RTT 2016 Official Now We Here Tee (white)

We had an awesome time writing the annual this year. Speaking just for myself, the more I wrote, the more excited I got for the season. It's really shaping up to be something special. Here's the Table of Contents for this year's edition:


5 Back and Better
By Joel Hollingsworth
2016 position previews 

22 2016 Roster

23 Good to Great
By Will Shelton
Vols defense hopes to take next step under Bob Shoop 

27 New Season, New Faces
By Brad Shepard
Vols fill needs, add depth with this year’s class

37 The 2016 Team Talent Rankings
By Joel Hollingsworth
The four-year rolling recruiting rankings, accurate once again


41 Between Points A&B
By Will Shelton
2015 featured progress, heartbreak, and promise

51 Happy Returns
By Scott Felts
Special teams plays special role in resurgence


57 In Search of the Giant Leap
By Will Shelton
Will one more small step lead to something special? 

61 Scouting the Competition
By Joel Hollingsworth
An in-depth look at all of the Vols’ 2016 opponents 

62 Tennessee 2016 Schedule

80 SEC Schedule at a Glance

81 The Battle at Bristol
By Steve Wilmoth
Vols-Hokies to play before an all-time record crowd

85 The RTT Top 25
By Joel Hollingsworth and the RTT Staff
Our preseason favorites for 2016


93 Ode to Manning
By Will Shelton
Peyton Manning’s Top 10 games at Tennessee