Tennessee Vols head coach Josh Heupel was asked on Monday who his starting quarterback will be against Tennessee Tech.
And he didn’t have an answer.
Heupel initially tried to sidestep the question by saying the quarterbacks who are healthy will be the ones who get an opportunity to play (Joe Milton left the Pittsburgh game due to injury).
A reporter then specifically asked Heupel if Milton would be the starter if he’s healthy this week.
Heupel said there will be several factors that go into deciding who the starter will be.
The Vols head coach also pointed out areas where Milton struggled against Pittsburgh — the missed deep balls were something Heupel said Milton needs to work on.
It certainly sounds like the quarterback battle is back to being “open” since Heupel won’t commit to a healthy Milton as the starter.
That’s likely a wise move by Heupel — the offense seemed to move more efficiently with Hendon Hooker under center. It’s certainly possible that Hooker — despite not possessing the same physical traits as Milton — could be the better option the rest of the season.
Harrison Bailey, who is operating as the third-string quarterback, could also be a factor. Bailey and Hooker were initially listed as “co backups” on Tennessee’s depth chart. It’s unclear how far Bailey is behind Hooker.
Heupel would be smart to get all three quarterbacks some action against Tennessee Tech, just so they can all be compared against the same opponent.
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