The Symmetry is Set for Spring
It will be junior (senior-to-be) Nick Stephens, high-school recruit Tyler Bray of Kingsburg, California (Central Valley), and new juco-signee Matt Simms to battle for the 2010 QB job this spring.
Simms who is 6-3, 215, played at El Camino Community College in Torrance (Los Angeles County) California this season, completing 159 of 269 for 2,204 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Warriors finished the season 8-3, winning their fourth consecutive league championship.
Simms began his college career with the Louisville Cardinals where he played in only two games and threw only 10 passes. He served a four-game suspension at the start of the 2008 season for undisclosed violations, which appeared to be weed-related according to this August 19, 2008 post on Card Chronicle.
He also gained quite a bit of notoriety for his response to opposing fans during and after leading his high school to the New Jersey State Championship in 2006.
He is also recovering from a broken throwing hand, having the cast removed just recently.
Kiffin’s signing of Simms as a juco-transfer is likely a harbinger as the Vols transition from the Fulmer era to whatever it is we are moving into.
Bring on the competition. Stephens should be the odds-on favorite. Redshirting Bray would be the next big decision. That will depend on Simms.