Whereas the Volunteers were thrilled with the passing exploits of one Tyler Bray for the past three years,
And whereas Bray has since declared himself eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft as a junior, leaving a void at the quarterback position for Tennessee,
And whereas his passing abilities lacked a complementary high football IQ and finesse touch,
And whereas as there are no less than two qualified quarterbacks already on the Vols' roster for next September,
Therefore be it resolved that the Tennessee Volunteers develop a complete quarterback who leads the team, meticulously studies film, makes sound in-game adjustments and is able to make every pass.
Bray has etched his name into the records books at Tennessee with his 3,612-yard season in 2012, just the third player in school history to have over 3,000 yards. The total is second only to Peyton Manning's 1997 season.
But if you admit that Derek Dooley's tenure was a failure on the field, you have to also admit that Bray left something to be desired as a quarterback. As a thrower, none was better. As a quarterback, many were better.
Justin Worley is a rising junior with playing experience as a freshman and sophomore. The former National Gatorade Player of the Year from South Carolina was recruited by all and could very well grow into an excellent quarterback with a full offseason with first-team repetitions.
Nathan Peterman is an interesting case. After being rated the eighth pro-style quarterback, he redshirted in 2012. Peterman was heavily recruited by Butch Jones at Cincinnati, so the coaches are familiar with him.
Between these two quarterbacks and even 2013 recruit Riley Ferguson, the Vols can develop a real, complete quarterback. You can't win big in the SEC with a thrower.