How’s this for irony?
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has a chance to become only the second two-time winner of the Heisman Trophy in college football history, and Georgia’s Matthew Stafford may well be the first quarterback taken in next year’s NFL draft.
And, yet, the uncertainty at quarterback in the SEC this season is as high as it’s ever been.
Tebow and Stafford are the notable exceptions. Half the league will be breaking in first-year starters at quarterback, and in most cases, those guys will be taking their first snaps that count in an SEC game. “You always like to have experience at quarterback,” Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said. “It’s probably why Georgia and Florida are picked so high. They have their quarterbacks returning, and they’re both really talented guys.”
The Vols are handing over the quarterback duties to junior Jonathan Crompton, who’s been waiting in Erik Ainge’s shadow the past two years. Crompton is starting fresh with first-year offensive coordinator Dave Clawson, and knows there will be doubters.