Butch Jones’ Impact On Tennessee
Butch Jones will reportedly be named Tennessee’s new head coach later today. And he will bring a different offense to Rocky Top.
The Volunteers were a wide open passing offense this past year, but it wasn’t a true spread offense like Jones employs. The biggest difference is the usage of a dual-threat quarterback which incumbent signal caller Tyler Bray certainly isn’t.
Bray, a junior, was reportedly considering his options and likely leaning towards entering the 2013 NFL Draft. It may be a foregone conclusion at this point.
Jones, meanwhile, will have to counter by acquiring talent that fits his system. Tennessee’s current crop of quarterbacks are primarily pocket passers. Where Jones is accustomed to the links of Dan LeFevour, Zach Collaros and Munchie Legaux. Each was as dangerous running the football as they were throwing the pigskin.
Tennessee’s staff — once it’s completed — could go in a couple different directions to address the position. First, the team could try to flip Cincinnati commit Javon Harrison (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) who they originally recruited.
Or, Tennessee could target the handful of dual-threat quarterback talents still available.
Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) is the nation’s No. 1 dual threat quarterback. He recently decommitted from South Florida after Skip Holtz’s dismissal. Tennessee may be a school of interest now that the school found its head coach. Darrell Richardson (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) and Brent Stockstill (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Siegel) are other options that have yet to commit to a program.