Tennessee Football: Is Joe Milton ready to lead the Vols’ offense?

The transfer from Michigan, Joe Milton, has emerged as the front-runner for the starting Quarterback position next year for the Volunteers. Tennessee football is sadly going to have to see their Heisman candidate quarterback Hendon Hooker leave for the NFL.

Milton played in the Orange Bowl for the Volunteers due to a knee injury from starting quarterback Hendon Hooker. The former Michigan transfer was named Orange Bowl MVP after completing 19 of 28 passes for 251 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also ran for 5 yards on 11 carries.

There’s no question about Joe Milton’s arm strength, as he has demonstrated time and time again how much of a cannon he has for an arm.

Here is a video of Joe Milton launching an Orange 100 yards:


As we dive deeper into Milton’s game film, there are flashes of greatness that would make Tennessee football extremely dangerous in 2023.

Here is a video of Joe Milton throwing the football effortlessly for 50 yards:

And in another clip, we can see Milton launching the football 60 yards from his knees:

It’s amazing to see such a talented arm, and Joe Milton has even caught the attention of other players across the NFL.

Here’s what NFL running back for the Tennessee Titans, Derek Henry, had to say about Joe:

“Well, he is nice. Did you watch the bowl game? He is nice now. He’s going back to Tennessee? He’s nice, bro.”

Derek Henry won the Heisman trophy in 2015 and is an all-time college football legend at Alabama.

ESPN’s Greg McElroy went on his podcast, Always College Football, and said that Milton has sky-high potential in head coach Josh Heupel’s offense:

“I really think that Joe Milton has the chance to be a superstar. The natural ability is there. The guy can throw the ball a country mile. If there’s one thing we learned based on some of his play down the stretch, it’s that he’s learned how to regulate that gun. He’s got a governor on that shoulder now; he’s not just launching the ball as far as humanly possible.”

Joe Milton is more than ready to lead the Volunteer offense next year and will be a great mentor for the incoming Freshman Nico Iamaleava.