Vandy QB position up for grabs?

If there wasn't a quarterback question entering the summer/fall then it wouldn't be Vanderbilt football.

It seems like every year at this time we hear noises about how all is not well with the quarterback position for the Commodores. Some years it is because the incumbent and a challenger are both playing so well that the coaching staff cannot split them, other years quite the reverse is true, but as sure as spring changes to summer it is going to happen.

This year, sadly, appears to be one of those down years. As of right now there are two obvious candidates for taking that first snap of the fall against Temple. Those would be incumbent sophomore starter Patton Robinette and redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary. Ideally, of course, one of these two players would separate from the other with a consistently high level of play in fall camp, but there have been few signs thus far that that will happen.

Robinette should be the guy grabbing this opportunity with both hands. He has experience in the system, has played in big games, and he has performed when the pressure has been on. The problem is that the lack of consistency which he showed last year in his limited time has carried over to spring ball. The spring game was a microcosm of this problem as he went 9-of-11 for 89 yards, but looked lost when he tried to scramble and was minus 22 yards when rushing the ball. He also struggles to get the ball downfield, which is an issue in this era of pass first offense in college.

McCrary on the other hand seemingly has nothing to lose here. He certainly doesn't have the experience of Robinette, but he has vast amounts untapped potential which the coaching staff would love to work with. His combination of overall size, along with a monster arm, gives him the tools to be the ‘Dores quarterback of the future. Do Derek Mason and his staff have enough confidence in McCray to place him at the helm right now though?

Of course this neat little two horse race could get completely blown up if (when) Stephen Rivers enrolls as expected. The LSU transfer has the best elements of all the above players and would immediately become the most capable quarterback on the roster. If he can learn the system quickly enough there is no reason why Rivers shouldn't leap above the two quarterbacks in front of him during the fall.

A betting man would probably suggest that the ‘Dores would be using a two quarterback system (again this fall). All eyes will be on Rivers though if he does, as expected, enroll at Vanderbilt to see if the hype is justified. Top Stories