The Vanderbilt Commodores‘ quarterback competition is far from over. Now that spring ball is over, the Commodores will have to hope one of the quarterbacks can separate themselves from the other during fall practice.
Sophomore Patton Robinette and redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary will be the two quarterbacks battling it out for the starting role. Robinette might seem like the logical choice because of his experience, but that is not necessarily the case. He struggled during the spring to prove he has what it takes to lead the Commodores’ offense. Robinette did not have a good performance during the team’s spring game. The sophomore was 9-of-11 passing for 89 yards and totaled a terrible minus-22 yards rushing. He seemed to be trying too hard and couldn’t get his feet under him.
As for McCrary, the young quarterback might not have the experience that Robinette has, but he does have all the potential in the world to be a great quarterback. McCrary is by far one of the most talented players on the Commodores’ roster. He has great size and a really strong arm. The one thing that hurts him is his inability to get players lined up in the right spots. As he gets more mature, that problem should fix itself.
The battle should be a fun one to watch. I expect the competition to last until the final week of fall practice. If head coach Derek Mason doesn’t think either quarterback has moved ahead of the other, don’t be surprised to see the Commodores head into the season with a two-quarterback system.