I’ll Take It!
The whole three quarterbacks in one game was a little weird, but hey; it worked! The Vols’ 41-21 beatdown of South Carolina on Saturday was arguably the most important win of the Pruitt era on Rocky Top. It was also, hopefully, a sign of changes and successes to come in the near future. For more of a breakdown on our throttling of the boys from Columbia, check out my guy Dylan Scott’s article by clicking here. Alas, let’s dive into some talking points from the aftermath of the victory over the Gamecocks.
Three is a Crowd
While I don’t believe Jauan Jennings seriously believes he is part of the overall quarterback conversation (but if he does, I agree with him), I do believe that the other two quarterbacks that Pruitt trotted onto the field against South Carolina (J.T. Shrout and Jarrett Guarantano) are firmly in the thick of things for the second-string position. While I am 100% behind Brian Maurer as our QB1 the remainder of the season should his health allow, both backups performed admirably. Together, they combined for:
- [18/30 (60%), 351 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions]
That is quite a stat line for the Vols’ passing game as a whole! I really have nothing negative to say about QB2’s or QB3’s performances on Saturday, but believe I speak for all of Vol Nation when I say I am hopeful that Maurer is HEALTHY and available to play against the UAB Blazers on November 2nd, 2019. I am still not 100% certain on what Coach Pruitt will do regarding the quarterbacks come Saturday, but I am confident in saying whoever he rolls out with to start the game will be who we need to hitch our wagons to until the end of the season.
Jauan Jennings- The dog that led the charge
As for me, Jauan Jennings has cemented himself in something greater than record books, greater than a career/win-loss comparison, and greater than just a good season. He is now a part of Tennessee Volunteer Football Legend and Lore. I personally cannot wait to see where his career ultimately ranks among a number of great Wide Receivers to have come through Knoxville, but I am going to enjoy him to the fullest for these next 4+ games.
Jennings has led the charge of stabilizing this University’s program. While he is not alone in this feat, he is the players’ representative for this dark time. While his career and path to this point may have been a little rocky, Jennings will forever be a symbol of our rise from the ashes. For me, he joins names such as Johnny Majors, Peyton Manning, Al Wilson, Eric Berry, and still has time to grow his legend. (One thing I thought about while taking a break from writing this- think of all of the massive moments from Jauan Jennings’ career. I won’t list any (yet) because I don’t want to ruin your own thought-montage.)
(Will We be?) Taking Care of Business
We have ALL heard about the fact that just a couple of seasons ago UAB had gotten rid of their program, and while season one was a cool story, now I am over it. I want to see the Vols not pull a Georgia State, which is our closest opponent to whom we can compare the Blazers (6-1, 3-1 C-USA West), and take are of business. I would say without digging into their rosters and stories and stats that EVERY team on their schedule is a team we should beat 10 out of 10 times- especially at where we are at this point in our season.
I used to never miss a homecoming game when I was younger- partially for the fact my father graduated from U.T., and also because we always won. While I will not be in attendance this year, I still expect us to win. After this, we hit our last SEC stretch- and we just beat a team who is considerably better than at least two of those three SEC foes (Kentucky and Vanderbilt).
I Bid You Adieu
Thanks for checking out my article this week. I am so excited to see where the Vols are heading the rest of this season. For minute to minute coverage of all sports on The Hill, be sure to check out MoreImportantIssues’ articles and podcasts on a variety of platforms, including Twitter (@More_Issues) and iTunes!
Until next time, let’s enjoy our recent success and be ready for a nice, slow, homecoming Saturday victory. This is Dakota Robertson signing out, Go Vols!!!
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