Crompton takes full command of his offense

Crompton takes full command of his offense

One day after being named the official starting quarterback for the University of Tennessee, Senior Jonathan Crompton responded by taking full command of his offense. The starting quarterback isn't only the man behind center; he is the leader of his team. Crompton showed both those qualities in Tuesday's practice. Go "Inside" to see why he responded so well to both roles.

One day after being named the official starting quarterback for the University of Tennessee, Senior Jonathan Crompton responded by taking full command of his offense.

The starting quarterback isn't only the man behind center; he is the leader of his team. Crompton showed both those qualities in Tuesday's practice.

He responded by throwing several big plays to true freshman NuKeese Richardson, who Lane Kiffin singled out for having his best performance of fall camp.

"I was really pleased with the play of our wide outs," Kiffin told a large group of media. "Especially with our few numbers, NuKeese had his best day yet. He had over 250 yards on several big plays. I was really proud of him; he has had his ups and downs as a true freshman, but showed today he can make a lot of big plays."

Crompton showed a lot of poise and class yesterday after being named the starter, seeming unfazed by the decision.

Today he showed that same poise on the practice field making some key throws and decisions. His leadership abilities showed up after the practice had been completed.

After a three hour practice, the senior stayed after practice to work on his timing with his band of young wide outs.

"He is the leader of this team and I'm proud he is my quarterback," offensive lineman Vladimir Richard said. "He told the young wide receivers yesterday after the news of Gerald Jones would be out a while that he would be staying after practice each day to throw extra balls to them. That shows you a lot about the leader of our team."

Kiffin noted that the quarterbacks, especially towards the end of practice, didn't close out the session in the way he would have liked.

"The quarterbacks didn't make some good decisions there towards the end," Kiffin noted. "We have to correct those issues. Overall they didn't have a bad day."

Richard is also impressed with how hard the senior signal caller worked this summer and fall to earn his starting role.

"It was given to him, he earned it," Richard said. "His work ethic has impressed us all. He has kept a very positive attitude through a lot of adversity and hatred last season. What a lot of fans need to realize is that he has been through four different offensive coordinators in four years. That isn't very easy, especially for a quarterback. He has our support, he is our leader, he is our quarterback and I'm very proud of him."

Crompton and junior Nick Stephens battled for the starting role until yesterday's announcement. According to Stephens, who also showed a lot of class during the battle, admitted he is just going to continue to work hard.

"I'm proud for him," Stephens said. "He is our quarterback and I know that I got a fair shot at the job. I also realize anything can happen and I have to be ready and prepared. I don't' have time to worry about not winning the position. I have to keep improving each and every day."

ONE MORE HARD DAY OF PRACTICE BEFORE A DAY OF REST

The Vols will return to the practice field on Wednesday before getting Thursday off before having a walk through on Friday. UT will have their last scrimmage of the fall camp on Saturday.

NUKEESE RICHARDS SHOWS OUT

With over 250 yards of big catches, the true freshman showed he can make a lot of big plays. He loves the ball in his hands like all big time playmakers do, that's evident.

DON'T RED SHIRT DAVID OKU JUST YET

Oku got a lot of playing time at wide receiver today. Kiffin explained that things come to David easier than others; he is such a great athlete that he will find a place on the field somewhere.

STILL WAITING ON THE NCAA

Kiffin said today he has heard absolutely nothing on the Bryce Brown situation. He said that was a wild card situation, an unknown at this point.

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