Peyton Manning Knows Who Tennessee’s Starting QB Will Be… But Won’t Say

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    Former Tennessee QB Peyton Manning. Photo by Anne Newman/RTI

    On Tuesday night, VFL Peyton Manning was back in Tennessee for the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame event. While there, the newly-inducted Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback talked about the current Tennessee football team, coach Josh Heupel, and even the Vols’ quarterback competition.

    During the event, Bob Kesling asked Manning about his conversations with Heupel and the Vols’ starting quarterback.

    “Did [Heupel] tell you who the quarterback is going to be?” Kesling asked Manning.

    Manning paused for a few seconds before answering the question.

    “He did, actually,” Manning responded with a chuckle. “But I am not going to tell you. I’m excited for Josh [Heupel], and I can tell that he is excited for football season. It’s finally going to be here, we get to have fans in the stands, and he is looking forward to getting going next week against Bowling Green.”

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    In addition, a total of 10 individuals received their induction into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. One of those members was David Cutcliffe, a mentor, teacher, and friend to Peyton Manning while at Tennessee and throughout his years after.

    Before the event started on Tuesday, Manning spoke to the media about the Tennessee football team and their head coach.

    “I like coach Heupel,” Manning said at the event. “I’ve known Josh through the years. Certainly, as a player, and I visited with him before while he was at the University of Oklahoma. Sharp football mind. We got a lot of new players and a lot of young players, so it will be an adjustment still. But I think it will be a fun offense to watch.”

    Peyton Manning was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this month. In his speech, he thanked the people of Tennessee as Manning continues to hold onto his ties to Knoxville.

    Josh Heupel and the Tennessee Volunteers are just over a week away from the season-opener. The Vols will take on Bowling Green in Neyland Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 2, in Neyland Stadium.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.