It is inevitable that Jon Crompton will one day leave a legacy at the University of Tennessee. He will either leave the legacy of one who was given a shot at the big times and repeatedly failed, or he will leave the legacy of a man that faced adversity, sucked it up and redeemed himself with a solid senior season. Hopefully, it will be the latter.
Crompton failed miserably in 2008, and I feel confident that I wasn't the only one who swore every time he took the field. As a result, one of the biggest storylines in all of college football this year will be how Crompton handles himself after such a dismal 2008 campaign. This is his team, his show. His time to prove all the naysayers wrong and win the faith of Tennessee fans everywhere.
There aren't many second chances in life, especially in major college football, where nobodys job is safe and there is always someone else waiting in the wings, biding their time to take your place and put you out on the streets. This makes it even more critical for Crompton to have a solid senior season and prove for once and for all that he can play at Tennessee. Because at the end of the day, there is one question that must be asked: was it the system, or the quarterback, that was responsible for the failures of 2008? That is the question that will take the entire 2009 college football season to answer. I hope for Crompton's sake that he has the senior season that he needs, because he will spend the rest of his life thinking about it, for the better or for the worse.