There still is quarterback battle going on in Knoxville. That is not always a bad thing, But Jeremy Pruitt needs to name a starter as soon as possible.
The 2018 Tennessee football season is less than two weeks away, and first-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt has yet to make several depth chart decisions. Which in the grand scheme of things, it is okay, no need for him to rush, right?
However, naming a starting quarterback now has more benefits than waiting the day before the start of the season. One of the things I recall that made Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, was his work ethic. That often meant extra hours in the film room or practice and repetitions with his wide receivers to help build a better rapport.
I understand competition and the effects it has on players and a team’s atmosphere as a whole. However, maybe with four quarterbacks still technically in the hunt to be the starter, is flat out too many. Perhaps that is too many snaps that the potential starter is not getting to practice with the first-team.
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Look let’s not fool ourselves. Grad transfer Keller Chryst or last years starter Jarrett Guarantano will be the starting quarterback for the Tennessee football team. And, maybe that is only for this season as the Vols have more quarterbacks in the upcoming classes.
Will the lack of first-team repetitions affect the success from the position this year. Realistically, it could. If the timing is off one second, it could mean the difference from a touchdown or an interception. And, if the defense struggles like they have the past few seasons it could spell bad news if the offense can’t score.
Look, I am not here to question Pruitt. However, the more repetitions one of the quarterbacks can get with the wide receivers is the best option, right? If Pruitt is smart, which I think he is a starter will be named within a week.
But, just because a starter is named does not mean that the other quarterbacks won’t play. Maybe the Vols will throw out a two-quarterback system this fall. We are two weeks away from finding out what Pruitt is going to do.