3. Venue: Tennessee
Contenders: TF Tyler Bray, Jr. Matt Simms, and Sr. Nick Stephens
Tale of the Tape: Stephens sure has put in his time in Knoxville, entering his fifth year in the program. Having started six games in 2008, he has a clear edge in experience and will begin spring as the favorite to replace Jonathan Crompton. He didn’t exactly mesh with Lane Kiffin’s staff, so the arrival of Derek Dooley offers a chance to make a strong first impression. Simms began his career at Louisville before transferring to junior-college and attempting to get his career back on the right path. He has kind of a funky delivery, which the staff will get a closer look at in March and April. Although Bray is the future at the position for Tennessee, he’s not ruling out being the present as well. The 6-6, 195-pound Californian has been on campus since mid-December, trying to add weight and digest as much as possible in order to avoid being redshirted.