Mike Strange: Time for yet another freshman debut

Mike Strange
Tennessee wide receiver Marquez North (8) looks for a way past Oregon defensive tackle Taylor Hart (66) during the first half against Oregon at Autzen Stadium Saturday, September 14, 2013, in Eugene, OR. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Tennessee wide receiver Marquez North (8) looks for a way past Oregon defensive tackle Taylor Hart (66) during the first half against Oregon at Autzen Stadium Saturday, September 14, 2013, in Eugene, OR. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Unless we’ve all got it figured wrong, Butch Jones will unveil another true freshman Saturday when South Alabama visits Neyland Stadium.

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johnlg00 writes:

Still not sure if they really NEED a freshman QB to be a full-time starter, but it may indeed be time to find out if one is ready for game action BEFORE a crippling injury or a turnover-filled meltdown happens to Worley. Let's hope the Vols can get far enough ahead Saturday to get the chosen one some meaningful snaps. By "meaningful", I mean a stint where the entire playbook is open to him. It won't be a fair test to put the guy in just to hand it off all the time. Let's see what kind of play-making potential he has, since the major gripe against Worley is that he hasn't shown much of that so far.

GreerVol22 writes:

my kingdom for another coach Cut...

FWBVol writes:

Way back in 1994 we had a redshirt senior, a junior, and two true freshmen at quarterback. The redshirt senior, Jerry Colquitt, was injured the first game of the season opening the door for the junior and two freshmen to compete for the starting job. All three played and the junior was named the starter for the next game. But after Todd Helton suffered a minor injury later in the season he realized he had better keep his focus on baseball.

The freshman most people were most intrigued by was Brandon Stewart. There were some accusations that the other freshman was favored from the outset because of his family name.

Peyton Manning did win the starting quarterback job and became the greatest quarterback and one of the most beloved players in UT history and is still setting records in the NFL. The other freshman, Brandon Stewart, transferred to Texas A&M where he had an up and down career.

There are some parallels to the 1994 quarterback situation and this year's. There was more experience at quarterback and definitely more talent on the team. But in the end both true freshmen were thrown into the fire and the cream went rose to the top.

I don't know if Worley will hold of the freshmen or not, but we have to have a quarterback step and be the starter the next few years.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Way back in 1994 we had a redshirt senior, a junior, and two true freshmen at quarterback. The redshirt senior, Jerry Colquitt, was injured the first game of the season opening the door for the junior and two freshmen to compete for the starting job. All three played and the junior was named the starter for the next game. But after Todd Helton suffered a minor injury later in the season he realized he had better keep his focus on baseball.

The freshman most people were most intrigued by was Brandon Stewart. There were some accusations that the other freshman was favored from the outset because of his family name.

Peyton Manning did win the starting quarterback job and became the greatest quarterback and one of the most beloved players in UT history and is still setting records in the NFL. The other freshman, Brandon Stewart, transferred to Texas A&M where he had an up and down career.

There are some parallels to the 1994 quarterback situation and this year's. There was more experience at quarterback and definitely more talent on the team. But in the end both true freshmen were thrown into the fire and the cream went rose to the top.

I don't know if Worley will hold of the freshmen or not, but we have to have a quarterback step and be the starter the next few years.

Some good points here, but I would be careful not to carry the parallel to 1994 too far. Both Manning and Stewart came in with far more acclaim than any QB currently on the squad. I love a great "Cindarella" story as much as anybody, but I don't think it is fair to either of the freshmen to expect that one will be the next Peyton Manning. It would be enough for me if either proves to be a major improvement over Worley, but that may not be a reasonable expectation, either, at least at this point in their careers.

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