It's a checklist as impressive as any.

Six All-Americans dating back to 2008. Five consecutive top-10 finishes in total defense. Ten first-and second-round draft picks since 2007.

But despite these prestigious accolades that Florida defensive units have racked up in recent years, the 2013 version of the Gator D might be the finest yet.

"They're very good all across the board," UT offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian said. "They have at least eight or nine guys that are going to play in the NFL."

It doesn't take but one glance at Florida's defensive line to find one of those future pros in senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley – a projected top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Staten Island, N.Y., native headlines a fierce group of lineman that have completely eliminated opponents' running lanes, allowing a mere 100 rushing yards through two games.

"(The Gators' defensive line) is a veteran group that's played a lot of football," Bajakian said. "They're high motor, and they're physical. They can play the run. They can penetrate the gaps, and they're good pass rushers. They're the complete package."

"It's probably one of the strengths of their football team, and it's something that really challenges the O-line," UT center James Stone said. "It's something you really look forward to, having matchups like this."

Florida's defensive line usually garners most of the praise.

But that is just the beginning.

Linebackers Dante Fowler, Jr. and Ronald Powell have established themselves as relentless forces up the middle, combining for nine tackles – five for loss – and two sacks in 2013. The duo, along with an overpowering secondary, has made it near impossible for offenses to sustain lengthy drives. The Gators have allowed the second-lowest number of first downs in the country, and opponents have converted just 8 percent of their third down attempts.

"When you think of defense in the SEC, you watch Florida on film," Jones said on Monday at his weekly press conference. "They define SEC defenses."

Offensively, the Gators revolve around the talents of junior quarterback Jeff Driskel whose dual-threat capabilities make him a potent weapon in the Florida attack. While the junior signal caller has struggled with his consistency this season, throwing two costly interceptions in the red zone against Miami, Jones refuses to discount his playmaking abilities.

"Well I think he's a very, very good quarterback," Jones said. "I think he's in charge of their offense. He made one or two poor decisions, but he's going to present many challenges for us.

"We're going to have to play exceptionally well."

When Florida needs an explosive or "splash" play, look for Driskel to rely heavily on senior wide receiver Trey Burton, who has made a habit of saving his best performance for the Volunteers. In three career games versus Tennessee, the Venice, Fla., native has produced both on the ground and through the air, compiling 174 total yards and five touchdowns.

"He's a great athlete. He does a lot of things with the ball in his hands," UT defensive coordinator John Jancek said. "...They ask him to do a lot of different things. They get him the ball in a variety of ways, so we know he's going to be very challenging.

"We've just got to do a good job of tackling because he is a bigger guy. We know he's a challenge. We've got to know where he's at and be aware of him at all times."

While Driskel and Burton are crucial veteran presences who can provide stability at their respective positions, the most important individuals for the Gators may turn out to be tailbacks Mack Brown and Matt Jones. The Tennessee-Florida rivalry has been defined by run production as the winner of this SEC showdown has outrushed the opposition every year but once since 1990.

"They run the ball as hard as anybody," UT linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen said. "They got (number) 24, the Matt Jones kid. They also got other weapons out there – Mack Brown and some of the other running backs they've got.

"All of them have the same type of thing (in mind). They want to go north and south, (get) four or five yards a pop, and they're very patient with ball."