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Vanderbilt's Patton Robinette is no lock to start at QB for the Commodores this fall.
Patton Robinette had a solid freshman season last fall, leading a comeback win over Georgia, a road win at Florida and a last-second victory at Tennessee. He started three games and passed for 642 yards and four touchdowns, adding 214 yards and seven rushing scores.
However, he is hardly a lock to start at quarterback under new head coach Derek Mason. Robinette can move the ball on the ground but doesn’t have exceptional arm strength.
He is being pushed by redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary and LSU transfer Stephen Rivers.
At SEC media days, Mason praised Robinette’s competitive fire and leadership skills, per ASAP Sports, but said, “for us to be successful, we need a guy who can do it game in, game out, okay, with very little hitches, very few flaws.”
Anytime you have a young man who has played in games, it's something that you can't replicate. For us, I think Robinette has the leg up. But what I wanted was a quarterback competition. We need to make sure that if we're going to be successful, we have to solidify the quarterback position overall.
For us, with the addition of Rivers, with Wade Freebeck, you look at our freshmen, Grady is now healthy, we'll have six guys competing at the quarterback position.
You ask, how do you get six quarterbacks ready? You don't. You create competitive situations where those guys rise out front and you start to look at where we're at.