Former Tennessee Vols quarterback Jonathan Crompton didn’t have a smooth first few seasons in Knoxville.
Over Crompton’s first three seasons, the North Carolina native passed for only 1,387 yards in 22 games.
His career, however, turned around in 2009 when Jim Chaney took over as the offensive coordinator on Rocky Top.
In one season under Chaney, Crompton passed for 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns, finally living up to the five-star rating bestowed upon him by the recruiting services. As a result of his improvement in 2009, Crompton ended up playing on a few practice squads in the NFL and for four seasons in the CFL.
Crompton recently spoke with A to Z Sports’ Buck Reising on the 615 Sessions about his time at Tennessee and the outlook of Vol football under Chaney and head coach Jeremy Pruitt. The former UT signal caller explained the impact Chaney had on his career, telling Reising “I wish I would have had him (Chaney) for more than a year, because I would’ve reaped more benefits than I did with any other coaches”.
Unsurprisingly, Crompton is a huge fan of Pruitt’s decision to hire Chaney. But that’s not the only hire he was excited about. He also loves Tee Martin and Chris Weinke being on the UT staff, saying “This staff, as a quarterback, is the ultimate staff you want to play on in the country right now in my opinion….look at the track record of these coaches”.
That comment alone should excite UT fans, especially coming from a player who personally knows how important good coaching can be to a football career.
Crompton had plenty more to say about Tennessee football and what he expects for Jarrett Guaratano under Chaney.
Check it out on the 615 Sessions.
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