UT struggles with mobile QBs

Mobile quarterbacks give a lot of defenses problems, including Tennessee's. Consider what some mobile QBs have done to the Vols in recent years:

LSU backup Matt Mauck beat them with quarterback draws in the 2001 SEC Championship Game. Arkansas's Matt Jones pushed them to six overtimes before bowing 41-38 in 2002. Florida's Rex Grossman regularly escaped the rush in a 30-13 trouncing of Tennessee in 2002. South Carolina's Dondrial Pinkins gave UT fits in 2003 before losing in overtime. Maryland's Scott McBrien made the Vols look foolish in a 30-3 Peach Bowl pasting that ended the 2003 season on a sour note. Jason Campbell helped Auburn batter them 34-10 in 2004.

Now the Vols are preparing to face another mobile quarterback, Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler. The 6-4, 225-pounder is better known for his passing but he's a dangerous runner, as well. Cutler has completed 60.1 percent of his passes this fall for 1,530 yards and seven touchdowns with only three interceptions. In addition, he has rushed 102 times for 347 yards (a 3.4 yards-per-carry average) and six TDs.

This guy can cause the Vols some problems.

''I'm very impressed with Cutler,'' UT head man Phillip Fulmer says. ''I think he's a guy you'll be seeing on Sundays.... He's a tough guy, elusive and faster than you think.''

Defensive coordinator John Chavis is equally impressed.

''He's an excellent quarterback, very athletic,'' Chavis says. ''He runs the ball really, really well and has an NFL arm. He's a guy I think you'll see playing on Sunday.

''He runs the option really well, and they've made that a big part of their offense this year. There's definitely some problems (he poses) that we need to work on.''


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