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Tennessee coach Butch Jones has plenty of holes to fill on offensive and defensive lines

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2013, file photo, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones yells on the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Jones discusses the opening of a spring practice that features a four-way quarterback competition and the arrival of 14 early enrollees. The Volunteers hold their first spring workout Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2013, file photo, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones yells on the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Jones discusses the opening of a spring practice that features a four-way quarterback competition and the arrival of 14 early enrollees. The Volunteers hold their first spring workout Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)  (The Associated Press)

The big difference at Tennessee this spring is how much has stayed the same.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones opens spring practice Friday with the same coordinators and position coaches he had last year. That continuity is a major step forward for a program marked by instability since Phillip Fulmer's 2008 exit.

When Jones took over at Tennessee, he was the Volunteers' fourth coach in six seasons, not including Jim Chaney's one-game stint as interim coach. Some of last year's seniors went through four different position coaches.

Jones' staff has plenty of work ahead.

Tennessee must replace all of last year's full-time starters on the offensive and defensive lines. Jones also must select a quarterback and find a new kicker and punter before the Aug. 30 opener with Utah State.