Missouri QB Battle Could be Interesting
I wouldn't be so sure that James Franklin is the starting QB in Missouri's season opener. Gary Pinkel told James Franklin that he was going to have to earn his job in 2013. Franklin missed parts of 6 games last season because of two separate shoulder injuries, a knee injury and a concussion. And the bottom line is when he was in there; injured or not he was ineffective. Between he and Corbin Berkstresser, Missouri had the #13 QB rating in the SEC ahead of only Kentucky.
That ineffectiveness has opened the door for red-shirt freshman Maty Mauk. New QB Coach Andy Hill has invoked the name of Johnny Manziel. He's not comparing Mauk to the Heisman winner as much as he's exampling or hoping how a freshman, energetic QB might jump-start the Tigers sluggish offense. If you don't know, Mauk set the national HS career passing yardage and TD records as a star out of Ohio. In their scrimmage last Saturday, Mauk threw for 140 yards and rushed for 81 yards. Remember, the back-up QB is always the crowd favorite.
Tennessee QB Battle Could be 3-Man Race
I think the Tennessee QB race is wide open. New coach, new system and neither one of the two QBs that are competing for the job this spring were recruited by Butch Jones. Justin Worley's made 3 career starts coming into 2011 when Tyler Bray was hurt. Worley played in 5 games last season primarily mop-up duty. He was the National Gatorade POY of the year coming out of Northwestern (SC) HS and threw 157 career TD passes; 64 his senior year. Prior to this spring, Nathan Peterman had yet to do anything really, other than run the scout team. He's a red-shirt freshman out of Bartram Trail HS in Jacksonville. The same HS that produced former Clemson star Kyle Parker and Peterman did throw the second most TD passes in St. John's County history behind only Tim Tebow. But the guy that I will tell you to watch out for is a guy who isn't even on campus yet and that's Alpharetta (GA) HS 4-star Josh Dobbs. 247 Sports #8 pro style QB and a member of the In the Huddle All-CSS team. This kid can zing it and he's developed a running game; although he needs to add some bulk to his 6-3, 190 frame. He's incredibly bright; he was a signing day flip from Arizona State to Tennessee and a big-get for Butch Jones recruiting class. If these other two guys don't light it up it could open the door for Dobbs.
Tyler Wilson will be Better in NFL than Tyler Bray
I'm no Jon Gruden but I'll tell you I've had a chance to sit down in meetings with both of those players over the last couple of years and I'd be shocked if Tyler Wilson doesn't turn out to be a MUCH better QB on the next level. I totally believe that a QB has to to have a commanding personality. Wilson has that, Bray does not. Bray reminds me in a way of another QB I got to know and that was Jeff George. I don't think it's coincidence that Wilson won some big games in his career while Bray did not. Not saying it was all Bray's fault but I believe it takes more than a world of talent to be a successful QB in the NFL.
No Question Bobby Petrino is one of Top Coaches in CFB
Look I understand many people don't like him and I'd say he's given people plenty of reason not to like him but when it comes to football Petrino can coach and win. He was 41-9 in four seasons at Louisville. He took over a declining Arkansas program and improved his record each of his four seasons there. His last two seasons with the Razorbacks they went 21-5, 8-4 in the SEC; playing in a West Division that's tougher than any conference in America. And if you need any further proof of Petrino's impact the same core players that were 11-2 with him in 2012, were 4-8 without him. Petrino will win quickly at WKU and be back coaching a major program, perhaps by this time next year.
Don't Rush Your Feelings About Boston Marathon Tragedy
Like most of you, I've watched in sadness and anger. My heart breaks for the victims. The families of those who died and those who have been forever maimed and now will live with a constant remainder of the horror of that day. It is a natural course of life that for most of us the shock and pain of the day will fade over the coming weeks, months and years. Newtown was just four months ago but the busy-ness of life has already started pushing it to the back of our memories. Let us not be too quick to look ahead to a return to normalcy. Let us not be too quick to proclaim that the Boston Marathon will be back, better than ever. Let us not be too quick to say, we will overcome. We will. But for now, let's just pray for the victims and give our hearts a chance to heal.