"Yeah, any time Bray throws an interception it'll be Hinshaw's fault," quipped offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, who assumes the additional duty of quarterbacks coach this year.
All joking aside, Chaney readily admits that the relationship Hinshaw built with Bray and Worley is much too strong to be severed. That's why Hinshaw will continue providing input into all aspects of the passing game, including the fine-tuning of Vol quarterbacks.
"Darin's got a great background in that, and he'll work a lot with me when I need help with that," Chaney said. "He'll be involved a lot with the quarterbacks."
Hinshaw's contribution during the two years he served as quarterbacks coach was vastly underrated. Green as grass when he arrived on campus as a freshman two years ago, Bray was light-years behind junior college transfer Matt Simms through spring practice and preseason camp of 2010. Under Hinshaw's tutelage, however, Bray made incredible strides and took the reins by Game 9. The strong-armed rookie passed for 300-plus yards against Memphis (325), Ole Miss (323), Kentucky (354) and North Carolina (312) in guiding the Vols to a 4-1 finish.
Hinshaw's work with Worley last fall wasn't nearly so dramatic but still impressive. Thrust into the starting lineup against the NCAA's fourth-ranked defense, South Carolina, the true freshman completed just 10 of 26 passes for 105 yards in his debut. He bounced back, however, to play reasonably well in his next two starts, completing 23 of 32 for 291 yards versus Middle Tennessee and 15 of 29 for 208 yards at Arkansas.
Given how much time and energy he has invested in Bray and Worley, Hinshaw is understandably pleased that he'll continue to be involved in their careers.
"The quarterbacks and wide receivers have got to be on the same page," he said. "Coach Chaney and I worked together last year, and we're going to do that this year. We're going to have those guys on the same page, working together and understanding all of the different route schemes and all of the different situations we put them in."
Coaching receivers is nothing new for Hinshaw. He was the wideouts coach at Memphis in 2007, 2008 and 2009, working with Duke Calhoun and Carlos Singleton, who rank 1-2 on the Tigers' career lists for receptions and receiving yards.
"I've been a coordinator; I've coached every skill position there is," Hinshaw said. "I coached receivers at Middle Tennessee, too. I've been blessed. At Memphis we had a lot of great receivers, and (that background) is obviously going to help in this situation."
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