Tennessee announces date of upcoming Orange & White spring game
Good news Tennessee football fans, the program has just announced the date for the upcoming Orange & White spring game.
Tennessee will be hosting fans inside Neyland Stadium to conclude the first spring of the Josh Heupel era on April 24. Tennessee has also announced that spring football will begin on March 23.
Among the many storylines this spring, aside from the complete turnover of the coaching staff on Rocky Top, will be the quarterback competition in Knoxville.
Considering Heupel arrives at Tennessee with a strong reputation as a quarterback developer and offensive play-caller, the winner of the competition could be in for a big season in 2021.
The contenders for the spot are sophomore Harrison Bailey, junior Brian Maurer, graduate transfer Hendon Hooker and incoming freshman Kaidon Salter.
Just don’t look for an answer to come by the end of the spring, according to Tennessee offensive coordinator Alex Golesh.
“So much of this offense revolves around the quarterback and being able to manage it and being able to operate within the system. It happens really fast, and really that’s across the board at every position,” Golesh said recently. “You’ve got to be able to process information really quickly. You’ve got to be able to process looks really quickly. At the quarterback position in particular, who can grasp it the quickest? Who can operate within the system and then who can excel in the system?
“I don’t think we have that answer – I know we don’t have that answer right now. And I don’t think we will have an answer at the end of the spring. I think this is going to be, at that position specifically, a six-month process to get to Week 1 and roll with the guy that you feel is the most prepared and the most functional in terms of running the offense.”