One of the biggest questions surrounding the Tennessee Vols entering the 2021 season centers around the quarterback position.

Specifically, who will be the starting quarterback for the Vols this season?

According to Vols head coach Josh Heupel, it’s a wide-open battle between Brian Maurer, Harrison Bailey, Virginia Tech transfer Hendon Hooker, and Michigan transfer Joe Milton.

Milton is viewed by some folks as the favorite because he was added to the roster after spring practice. He’s the only quarterback that Heupel has brought to Tennessee, after inheriting the other quarterbacks on the roster.

On Tuesday, during an appearance on SEC Network’s SEC This Morning, Heupel specifically talked about the addition of Milton.

“Obviously we added to the room after spring ball with Joe Milton,” said Heupel. “He’s been great inside of our team room, inside of our locker room, has gained a lot of trust from the guys that are around him.”

Milton is a former four-star recruit who played three seasons at Michigan. This past season, Milton passed for 1,077 yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions in six games.

Heupel didn’t get specific when discussing who may or may not receive more reps as fall practice progresses.

“There’s so much growth that can happen for every player, but for quarterbacks, after you finish spring ball, through summer, get a chance to re-digest the playbook,” explained Heupel. “Continue to grow fundamentally and obviously strength and conditioning wise, too. It gives kids an opportunity early in training camp to prove who and where they’re at.”

“We’ll go through that process and as guys earn the opportunity to gain more reps, or earn fewer reps, we’ll make those decisions at those times.”

It’s going to be a while before we know who Tennessee’s starting quarterback will be in 2021, but it certainly sounds like Heupel likes what he sees so far from Milton.

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