With battered Titans running back Eddie George
George: When I had toe surgery in the off-season, I didn't realize how serious it was. Basically they reconstructed my big toe the way they'd reconstruct a knee. It was almost as if I had to learn to walk again. I had no power, no strength, but it's a lot better than it was last summer. I've rediscovered how much fun it is to run pain-free.
SI: Not dominating.
George: True. I haven't been able to take over a game the way I did in years past. But don't think those days are gone. I'll be back stronger than ever next year.
George: Missing key players. Changing our identity. We'll grow into a contender again, I'm sure.
SI: Heisman ballot.
George: I value having one. I waited until after the Dec. I games to vote. I picked Rex Grossman. I thought he did as much as a player could do for his team. But Eric Crouch winning is fine with me.
SI: College degree.