Spring football is behind us, and now starts the long, football-less summer. The countdown to fall is on, but the organized team activities are done until then. It’s up to the players to get reps in on their own now, and that’s exactly what Tennessee quarterback Harrison Bailey is doing.
Tennessee’s sophomore quarterback is shown going through drills with Auburn quarterback Bo Nix below in a video from QB Country.
Bailey is looking to win the starting job for the Volunteers this fall, while Nix is transitioning from Gus Malzahn’s system to Mike Bobo’s.
Bailey was the standout performer in the Orange and White Game, connecting down the field several times to lead the Volunteers in passing. Brian Maurer also had a nice day, each outperforming Virginia Tech transfer Hendon Hooker through the air. Since then, Tennessee has added Michigan transfer Joe Milton to the battle, and true freshman Kaidon Salter is expected to hit the field this fall following a suspension in the spring.
The 6-5, 220 pound Bailey threw for 578 yards and four touchdowns in limited action as a true freshman. Former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney kept things simple and conservative for Bailey in 2020, but Josh Heupel’s new offensive attack should open things up for him in 2021.
First things first though, Bailey has to win the job in camp this August. It should be a hotly contested battle until the end, and don’t expect Heupel to declare a winner until the week of the first matchup against Bowling Green.