One of Darin Henshaw's strengths as a high school quarterback was a quick release. But it didn't come without a hitch.
"It wasn't a good release, as I look back at it," said Tennessee's first-year quarterbacks coach, as he quickly dropped his right arm to simulate the hitch in his release.
But such flaws are acceptable when they get results. And Hinshaw has kept that in mind in his coaching career.
"There's always some coaching of the mechanics," he said. "By the time you get to the season, there's not as much work."
The candidates for UT starting quarterbacks job will present a similar challenge. Both freshman Tyler Bray and junior college transfer Matt Simms are inexperienced at the college level. But there's nothing similar about their mechanics, according to Hinshaw.
"Matt and Tyler are complete opposites (as passers)," said Hinshaw, who doesn't plan to overhaul either one of them.
Bray has a more prototypical delivery, Hinshaw said. But Simms has gotten results.
"I'm not going to change Matt Simms' throws at this point, because he is older and has done it a long time," Hinshaw said. "It's abnormal, his throwing motion. He has a different grip than most quarterbacks.
"There's almost a palming of the ball. His thumb is behind the football.
"But he has produced. He has done a good job."
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