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Tom Herman: "We don't ask the quarterback to be a rocket surgeon"


It's been over a week now since the news of Braxton Miller missing the 2014 season has hit the presses, and offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Tom Herman has undoubtedly had to answer countless questions on a daily basis about the quarterback situation.

Last night after practice, Herman fielded some more of those questions on the situation, and when asked what the philosophy was for JT Barrett's first college start against Navy on Saturday

"You have to be cognizant of the fact that, not whether he can or can't handle anything, it's the adrenaline and the whole mindset of starting, and he hasn't really played since the middle of his senior year in high school."

"You have to make sure that you keep things as simple as possible for him, but you know, we really don't do a whole lot on offense despite what some people think. We don't ask the quarterback to be a rocket surgeon by any stretch of the imagination, and never have, and never will. Maybe that's why those guys (backups) have played well in our system."

Wait, what was that? I'm curious, what exactly goes into the job description of a "rocket surgeon"? Rocket scientist? Brain surgeon? Hey, let's just combine the two.

"So yes, we'll make a conscious effort to keep things simple, but not a ton less than we already do." Herman went on to explain..