Vols QB Competition Just Got A Little Stiffer, And That’s A Good Thing

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Well, what do you know? Things are about to get really interesting for new Tennessee coach Josh Heupel.

That’s because the Volunteers will have five QB scholarship players after the expected transfer and summer enrollment of Joe Milton, formerly of the University of Michigan. Previously, it was believed that Virginia Tech graduate transfer Hendon Hooker was in the lead for the starting job.

Today, it seems the competition has yet to begin.

Though Milton will be a transfer, he should be eligible for the 2021 season now that the NCAA Division I Council has approved a one-time transfer exception rule. Milton still has two years of eligibility left.

Of course, all of this could prompt other Tennessee QBs to enter the transfer portal, but so far, that has not happened.

But Heupel wouldn’t have welcomed Milton if he were completely satisfied with his current options, so losing another QB likely wouldn’t be a major ordeal.

“Milton had been a part of the Michigan program since 2018,” relayed OutKick’s Clint Lamb. “After spending a couple seasons behind Shae Patterson, he got a chance to start five of Michigan’s six games this past season.”

Five quarterbacks? A new coach left to figure it out? Hey, at least people are talking Tennessee football again, and in a good way.

Spring practice concludes this Saturday with the annual Orange & White game at Neyland Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. CST.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. This Tennessee football stuff grows weary…Maybe when they play in a New Year’s bowl game, and not the Papa John’s Chevron Energy Waste Management Bahamas challenge that only requires a 5 win season or some other bs.

    They blow, but not as much as watching you people regurgitate the same stories on a daily basis. Please stop.

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