John Adams: Quarterback attrition to UT's advantage

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South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw (14) looks for room to run against Wisconsin during the second half of the Capital One Bowl NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. South Carolina won the game 34-24.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

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South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw (14) looks for room to run against Wisconsin during the second half of the Capital One Bowl NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. South Carolina won the game 34-24.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

This week’s bowl games reminded you how different the SEC will be next fall. The difference will be in Tennessee’s favor.

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johnlg00 writes:

As a still-hopeful but somewhat beaten-up long-time Vol fan, I have to take a somewhat negative view of even this tiny break the Vols will allegedly get from the departure of all the great QBs.

In short, it looks like a possible revival of the traditional I-formation power running game, the SEC the way it used to be. Of course, all the read-option offenses and variants are also on the table these days. The Vols' lack of experienced depth in the defensive lines means that they will have a hard time stopping a determined power running game. The remade back seven will be challenged by the quick-strike option offenses. There should be very few stationary targets in opponents' backfields for pass rushers to strike at.

It may well be that UT will be as well off at QB as most anybody, but I'm not sure how much better that makes me feel about their prospects next season. Most of the other programs have much more talent and depth with which to surround and support a developing talent at QB.

Of course, these days the next Heisman winner will again likely rise from current obscurity to amaze us all. And right now, we can at least dream that one or more Vols will make a leap like that!

wilk58 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

As a still-hopeful but somewhat beaten-up long-time Vol fan, I have to take a somewhat negative view of even this tiny break the Vols will allegedly get from the departure of all the great QBs.

In short, it looks like a possible revival of the traditional I-formation power running game, the SEC the way it used to be. Of course, all the read-option offenses and variants are also on the table these days. The Vols' lack of experienced depth in the defensive lines means that they will have a hard time stopping a determined power running game. The remade back seven will be challenged by the quick-strike option offenses. There should be very few stationary targets in opponents' backfields for pass rushers to strike at.

It may well be that UT will be as well off at QB as most anybody, but I'm not sure how much better that makes me feel about their prospects next season. Most of the other programs have much more talent and depth with which to surround and support a developing talent at QB.

Of course, these days the next Heisman winner will again likely rise from current obscurity to amaze us all. And right now, we can at least dream that one or more Vols will make a leap like that!

Hopefully several Vols will make a leap because after looking at 2014 schedule 8 losses could very well be in play.

SummerfieldVol writes:

I just hope Tennessee's hopes are not on any of the QB'S mentioned in this article. I don't think any of them can lead Tennessee to a winning season. The only one who has not played in a game yet is Riley Ferguson. I don't know what he can do but the others are not college caliber QB'S. Better hope we recruit another Peyton or Heath. So goes the QB so goes the offense.

murrayvol writes:

I take little comfort in the graduation of premier quarterbacks at other SEC institutions.

Most top tier teams have depth charts chocked full of quality players at virtually every posistion. We have a depth chart full of freshmen and sophomores. More talented than in recent years? Yes. More experienced? No.

The 1st Wednesday in February should bring good news on the recruiting front. If it brings good news for another year or two, we'll be competitive again.

SmokeysPup writes:

in response to SummerfieldVol:

I just hope Tennessee's hopes are not on any of the QB'S mentioned in this article. I don't think any of them can lead Tennessee to a winning season. The only one who has not played in a game yet is Riley Ferguson. I don't know what he can do but the others are not college caliber QB'S. Better hope we recruit another Peyton or Heath. So goes the QB so goes the offense.

Heath??? Most overated QB we ever had. He was surrounded by great talent. I'd take a Randy Wallace over him. Don't sell Worley short. It may not be pretty at times, but he had a winning record as a starter this year. He doesn't give the ball away. Had a big win over SC and 3 inches away from one against GA. We fell apart after he was out for the year

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