The entire world — including sports — has hit the pause button during the terrible coronavirus outbreak.
Prior to the shutdown, the Tennessee Vols were able to get two spring practices under their belt.
It’s unlikely at this point that spring practice will resume. That’s obviously not good news for any football program. The 15 spring practices are extremely important for developmental purposes. It could be late July before Tennessee — or any other program — is able to have any organized team activities.
But there’s actually a potential unintended benefit for the Vols because of this pandemic.
The Vols currently have five scholarship quarterbacks on their roster.
- Jarrett Guarantano
- Harrison Bailey
- Brian Maurer
- JT Shrout
- Jimmy Holiday
Kasim Hill, a transfer from Maryland, joined Tennessee as a walk-on last year.
The expectation was that one of these quarterbacks, at some point this spring, would transfer. The most likely option seemed to be Maurer.
But with college football essentially shutdown, a transfer seems unlikely right now (especially since a transfer wasn’t already in motion). It could still happen, but the timing would certainly make it difficult.
You can never have enough depth at quarterback. Six quarterbacks could seem like overkill, but we’ve seen plenty of programs over the years end up in tough situations because of injuries.
Plus, having a crowded quarterback room can create some much needed intense competition. Remember, it’s not just about the starter. Every quarterback on the depth chart is important. The No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 quarterbacks need to be pushing each other and getting better as well. Every player is always a snap away from being a starter.
We all wish sports were happening right now, but unfortunately this is our reality (for now). The silver lining for the Vols is that the outbreak might help Tennessee keep the quarterback depth they’ve built — at least for another season.
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