Larry Porter announced the first winner of the Tiger football season, and it's sophomore quarterback Cannon Smith. After battling with freshman Ryan Williams for the nod to start Saturday's season opener at Mississippi State, the son of FedEx founder Fred Smith will take his first snap since transferring from Miami.
“As we go forward, our starting quarterback will be Cannon Smith,” said Porter at Monday's press luncheon. “We sat back and evaluated the quarterbacks based on three things: decision making, being able to manage the offense, and productivity. And, when you look at the two, Ryan and Cannon, are very similar in terms of their production. They both bring a different style. Overall, I'm very happy with their growth as quarterbacks. So, I look forward to those guys being in position to lead this team.”