Vols Offense May Struggle Again In 2009

Dusty FloydCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2008

Tennessee's offense had just about everything they needed this past year to be successful except for a good quarterback.

It seems as if it could be that way next year. Tennessee shows no sign of bringing in a talented quarterback recruit for next season.

Phillip Fulmer had two top 10 quarterback recruits at one point in Josh Nunes and Tajh Boyd, but both of them decommitted earlier in the year.

Nunes  decommitted after visiting Tennessee and deciding that it was too far away from his home on the west coast, and Boyd decommitted after former coach, Phillip Fulmer was fired, and Lane Kiffin told him he wouldn't be a good fit in his new offense.

One thing is for sure though, Tennessee does have a good group of running backs returning for 2009. Lennon Creer averaged over five yards in each of his 73 carries, and Montario Hardesty had six rushing touchdowns on the year.

Hopefully Lane Kiffin will be able to work with our quarterbacks during the offseason though, because teams will commit to the run once they figure out that the Vols have no passing game.

I'll tell you one thing, I do not plan on watching our quarterbacks throw for under 50 percent passing completion percentage.

Tennessee's highest rated quarterback prospect that they have left is Raymond Cotton who is ranked 21 out of all of the quarterbacks and is a four-star prospect.

I sure hope they can at least pick him up, or else the Vols could find themselves sitting out of a bowl game for the second straight season.