Tennessee Football: 5 Toughest QBs Volunteers Will Face in 2016 – Bleacher Report

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Trevor Knight is hoping to resurrect his once-promising career under the tutelage of head coach Kevin Sumlin and new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.

On the other hand, Sumlin likely needs a big year from the Oklahoma transfer to produce double-digit wins and keep him in College Station, Texas, a little longer after a rocky couple of years.

They need each other, and a lot of the ingredients are there for a quality season for A&M.

But for him to be the top quarterback UT faces this year? Yeah, that ought to tell you about just how weak of a slate of signal-callers the Vols have to go against this year. Knight couldn’t sniff the field for the Sooners once Baker Mayfield became eligible.

All of a sudden, a player who obliterated Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl before torching Tennessee the following September battled injuries, inconsistency and became an afterthought in Norman. With one season left in his college career, he’ll try to make a comeback.

A&M is the perfect spot for him to do so. With megastar playmakers such as Christian Kirk and Josh Reynolds (among other quality receivers) surrounding him, the Aggies could be prolific if Knight brings some veteran savvy and stays healthy.

Former Oklahoma defensive tackle Tony Casillas seems to think Knight will do well, tweeting (shockingly) this past week: “Great seeing Trevor Knight execute in spring practice, he may be better than Mayfield in a real conference.”


SEC Country’s Adam Stites wrote that the Knight-Mazzone marriage could be a sweet one in Texas. 

“At first glance, Mazzone’s offense looks like a typical uptempo, air-raid offense,” Stites wrote. “Knight will be asked almost exclusively to be in shotgun with four wide receivers split out wide. The goal, like any spread offense, is to isolate matchups for his best players.”

There are tons of players at the receiver position for A&M with Kirk, Reynolds, Speedy Noil and others. Knight can sling it, and if he’s healthy, that has the potential to be a nightmare matchup for the Vols on the road.

But Tennessee has a lot of potential stars in the secondary, too, so that will be an intriguing game to watch. The Vols just hope to fare better against Knight than the last time they saw him in an Oklahoma uniform.


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Brad Shepard covers SEC football and is the Tennessee lead writer for Bleacher Report. Follow Brad on Twitter @Brad_Shepard.