Tennessee faces QB uncertainty forward of web hosting Tennessee Tech

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Tennessee coach Josh Heupel has adopted a “wait-and-see” tactic to his team’s condition at quarterback as the Volunteers (1-1) put together for Saturday’s nonconference recreation versus Tennessee Tech (-2).

Joe Milton III, a transfer from Michigan, has started off the to start with two games for the Vols just after beating out Virginia Tech transfer Hendon Hooker and returnee Harrison Bailey, who experienced a few starts off as a freshman past calendar year.

But Milton sustained a leg harm in past week’s 41-34 decline to Pittsburgh and was mainly ineffective just before going down. He managed only 50 yards passing even though going 7-of-12, although he did hurry for 54 yards in spite of 14 yards in losses on sacks. He is 18-of-35 passing for 189 yards in a recreation-and-a-half.

Hooker finished 15-of-21 makes an attempt for 188 yards in 2 1/2 quarters from Pitt but also misplaced a fumble and threw an interception in Pitt territory on Tennessee’s remaining collection.

“I assumed Hendon did a ton of good points,” Heupel claimed. “As a backup you do not get the exact amount of money of reps and you don’t know when your time is likely to be identified as.

“I thought he answered the bell with a good deal of constructive things for the duration of the program of perform. Clearly, he has to do a superior job using treatment of the soccer.”

Heupel claimed he will be evaluating Milton’s injury in follow but did not dedicate to beginning him if he is healthy.

“We’ll discover out during the class of the 7 days,” Heupel stated. “There are various elements that enjoy into who’s taking the snaps.”

The activity in opposition to Tennessee Tech — the third consecutive at property for the Vols to open up the period — does not determine to be a lot of a problem for the Vols, but a vacation to No. 11 Florida is coming up on Sept. 25.

The FCS workforce opened the year with a 52-14 decline to Samford and previous week misplaced 26- at household from Furman. The Golden Eagles have managed only 352 yards in overall offense in two games after speeding for 23 yards and passing for only 98 against Furman.

“We’re scrapping hard, but the consistency is not exactly where it demands to be,” Tech coach Dewayne Alexander claimed. “There’s a distinction in actively playing difficult and taking part in properly. You still have to be equipped to do equally.”

Quarterback Davis Shanley has thrown 4 interceptions although finishing 45.5 p.c of his passes for 219 yards and 1 rating. Tennessee Tech’s very long passing acquire is 23 yards.’

–Field Stage Media

Elva Zachman

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