So, it turns out that new quarterback usually isn’t a good look for Tennessee.
“Only two times did the Vols win more games with a new quarterback than they did the year before, (and) three times they won the same amount, and five times the win total slipped,” Pennington said. “They only went up in total offense two of those times.”
Dobbs was 9-4 in his first full season as a starter in 2015, but Dobbs had started games the previous year and didn’t qualify as a “new starter.”
Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Mike Strange said research he did suggests that if a freshman is running the show, 9 wins could be out of reach in 2017.
“If you go through a season where a freshman starts all or most of your games,” Strange said on Sunday’s Sports Source show, “8 wins was about the ceiling.”
I think I’ve heard that somewhere.
The article goes on to note a couple of years where there were exceptions to the rule, the last being in 2004. If you’ve got to reach back to the Randy Sanders era to find your happy times on offense, I’d say you’re trying too hard.