Growing pains? Tennessee fans weigh in on QB Brian Maurer's performance
Tennessee freshman QB Brian Maurer got the start on Saturday against Mississippi State, and the results have been mixed so far.
In the first half, he’s 4-for-7 for 61 yards. However, two of those incompletions went to Mississippi State defenders. He did lead a touchdown drive in the first quarter, though, and Tennessee still holds a narrow 7-3 lead.
Now, he’s in the medical tent after taking a big hit late in the second quarter.
Here’s a look at that second interception:
Brian Maurer throws another INT. pic.twitter.com/xB31RCaq8A
— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) October 12, 2019
Tennessee fans are frustrated, but it seems they’re willing to give the freshman some time to develop. Here are some of the reactions to Saturday’s up-and-down first-half performance:
Brian Maurer is basically Brett Favre 2.0 at this point.
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) October 12, 2019
Don’t get it twisted those are two terrible throws but u see that Maurer gives u a 10x better chance to win
— VolnationRecruiting (@VolRecruiting98) October 12, 2019
Brian “Baker Mayfield” Maurer
— Maggie Nathan (@maggiernathan) October 12, 2019
A recap of Brian Maurer's first half:
Good…Good…Bad…Good…Great…Good…Great…Really Great…Really Bad.
The #Vols freshman just threw a second interception while passing into the end zone after making several strong plays.
— Corey Roepken (@RipSports) October 12, 2019
Watching Maurer play QB is an emotional roller coaster
— Harb (@_AustinHarbin_) October 12, 2019
My goodness, Maurer is gonna play himself out of his starting job if he keeps doing this.
— Nathanael Rutherford (@Mr_Rutherford) October 12, 2019
Gonna give Maurer a pass on that particular interception considering he broke his neck a few plays earlier and stayed in the game. Gutsy.
— J. Tidwell (@jtidwell808) October 12, 2019
#Vols should be up way more than they are but at his point I’ll take the lead. Maurer will learn from these mistakes.
— Seth Stokes (@SethStokesWORD) October 12, 2019