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Here’s one situation where you just can’t escape, or ignore, the numbers.
The 2008 edition of the Volunteer offense finished 11th in the SEC, and 115th in the nation in total offense, 107th in the nation in passing, and 107th in pass efficiency.
The Tennessee staff held high hopes the QB situation would work itself out in spring camp—in a sense it did.
Senior Jonathan Crompton exited the spring drills of 2009 as the starting quarterback for the Vols, but it was a less of a staff decision and more of a promotion by default.
With Nick Stephens dealing with a broken wrist this spring Crompton was the man leading the Vol offense.
Yet, this still looks to be a battle come fall camp. Who actually holds the reigns of the offense when UT hosts Western Kentucky to open the season is one of many questions to be answered.
With the position rivaling Auburn and Mississippi State for the conferences worst performance, the Vols best prospect to resurrect their offense should be Stephens.
His performance last season wasn’t that different from Crompton’s, but when he did take over the offense his first few games were relatively mistake free.
Even with his accuracy being a major stumbling block last season, he holds all the tools to operate the pro-style offense new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney wants to run in Knoxville.
Along with a rough schedule to start the year, the QB position will likely tell the tale of the 2009 season.
If it holds true to the form displayed in 2008, the Vol Nation’s highest hopes look to be a trip to Shreveport or Nashville—if that.