Ranking Flights five QB scholarships after spring practice


September 1, 2018; Charlotte, North Carolina, United States; A Tennessee Volunteers helmet is seen before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

As spring training approaches, Tennessee football was to have a quarterback class consisting of two returning players, a transfer and a four-star rookie. However, only three were able to attend the Spring Ball. They then added a transfer that will join the team in the fall. That makes for a program with five quarterbacks, all of which can land the starting position in Josh Heupel’s freshman year.

Obviously, the spring ball was the first step towards that, but whoever quarterback wins the job, he’ll have to constantly prove he’s the best because he’ll have a lot of competition. It should be noted that the arrival of four-star double-threat quarterback Tayven Jackson next year will mean that the quarterback who wins the job this year will not be safe until the end of 2022.

Still, only three-quarters participating in the spring gave us insight into each player’s situation. Who is in better shape? We’ll break that down here. This is our ranking of the five quarterbacks in Tennessee football based on who is in the best position with the new staff entering the summer.


Kaïdon Salter

First-year student Dallas, Texas

6’1 ″ 190 pounds

Ahead of spring practice, many would have bet Kaidon Salter was at the top of the list and in the best position to start. The four-star four-star threat from Dallas County Cedar Hill High School seemed like the perfect type of quarterback to lead Josh Heupel’s system, and Heupel would consider favoring him for his youth so they could grow up together.

Since then, however, a few things have happened. For starters, Salter missed the whole spring ball due to a legal issue he found himself in. Then, last week, he found himself embroiled in yet another legal issue. But to make matters 10 times worse, Heupel no longer has to think about the future as he found his quarterback in Jackson, whom we talked about earlier.

As a result, Salter’s advantage is wiped out and he hasn’t had a chance to show his abilities due to his problems off the field. At this point it’s debatable if he’ll even stay on the team, but he’s certainly in the worst position of any Tennessee football quarterback given these developments over the past few months.


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