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Pruitt Implies Maurer Will Start Against Mississippi State

Oct 7, 2019 | VOL Articles, VOL Football 2019, VOL Football Game Previews

As Tennessee Volunteers starting quarterback Brian Maurer ran off the field on Saturday Night following losing to Georgia 43-14 there was no doubt that he was heartbroken despite his impressive performance. Maurer had his first opportunity to start a College Football game on Saturday Night against the Georgia Bulldogs, and after an outstanding performance, he was praised by Tennessee fans everywhere. When Jeremy Pruitt stopped short of announcing him the starter in his post-game press conference, he received heavy criticism from the Volunteer Faithful; while it was clear that Pruitt was just trying to avoid giving Mississippi State information on the Vols’ intentions, similar to what he did last week when he declined to comment on the quarterback situation, It now appears he has walked those comments back. During his weekly press conference, Jeremy Pruitt all but announced Brian Maurer the starter for Saturday’s match-up against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, saying “He would have to have a bad week of practice not to get the start.” This is very uncharacteristic of Jeremy Pruitt as he usually tries to avoid giving the media, and the opponent, any information regarding the Vols’ plans for the week. We’ll leave just why he decided to release that information up to you, but it doesn’t exactly take a genius to figure it out.

Maurer finished his first career start 14-28 for 259 yards and two touchdowns. His two touchdown passes were perfectly thrown as he hit Marquez Callaway deep for a 73-yard touchdown and would go on to throw a beautiful 12-yard strike to Jauan Jennings. He proved that he has what it takes to be a starting quarterback in the SEC and that he is the best quarterback on Tennessee’s roster. One more thing is also clear, Maurer will have a much more winnable game on his hands this time around against Mississippi State than he did against the Georgia Bulldogs.

In the end, Maurer gives Tennessee the best opportunity to win football games, and that is why he will get the start over the other quarterbacks on the roster. Tennessee fans can’t wait to see what the future holds for Maurer both on and off the field and he will likely have the opportunity to write the next chapter of his legacy on Rocky Top on Saturday.

Luke A. Thomas

Luke A. Thomas

Senior Writer

Luke was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and grew up with a passion for SEC Football.

His career in journalism started in 2016 when he covered his hometown MTSU Blue Raiders. He would later go on to cover the local Vanderbilt Commodores before he would begin covering the Volunteers. He wrote for SBNation, covering UT Athletics before joining Volunteer Roadshow in May of 2019. At Volunteer Roadshow he covers all things Tennessee, with a focus on UT Football and Basketball.

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