There are a few issues I have with comparing LT to any VT QB...
First... there's no way to compare LT's first year to TT's first 3 seasons... because TT did not have a solid OL. If there was a solid OL in TT's tFr. seasons, he would have RSed. Also TT was a gifted scrambling QB and that's why he was put into action... Sean Glennon was a very smart QB with a lot of passing skills, but he didn't have a good clock in his head, or focused too much on what was going on down field to be aware of the pass rush. He could make the throws, given time. So, TT was pressed into action not once but twice, before he was truly ready to take over. LT had the luxury to RS and get another season under his belt before being tossed into action. LT also had the luxury of having the most solid OL since the early 2000s, coupled with some gifted WRs. We really are not comparing Apples to Apples when comparing LT to TT's early years. Also note the size difference... LT is the first VT QB who can look over the OL, other than maybe SG, in the past 10 to 15 years... which goes back to Jim Drucketmiller.
LT's first year was a combination of growing pains and development... the development happened much quicker than with TT, that we could see from game action. LT didn't have the HS development, or QB fast track that TT, MV1 or MV2 had... yet his size and athleticism has closed the gap relatively quickly. MV1 was in the NFL 3 years after joining VT. LT will be playing QB at VT as a rJr, after his 3rd year at VT. AND MV2... well, he shouldn't be in the conversation, as he was a first year starter as a rJr, and LT already has a season starting under his belt.
The ceiling is high for LT, but it has a lot more to do with his abilities and size than situations he finds himself surrounded by. First year starting he was getting broken in, and up to speed, with a very solid supporting cast. The second year, the 2012 season, LT will be behind an OL learning the ropes, and handing the ball off to RBs learning the ropes. The best thing going for VT's offense is LT and the WRs. There's little doubt in my mind that VT will be more of a passing team than what we have been used to since Beamer has been HC. The issues are play design and execution. No doubt LT will put up better passing numbers than this last season.
LT is a different breed of QB than what VT is used to having. I also think this plays in well for the running game, as it may start to surprise teams when VT runs the ball, next season. Maybe not run the ball, but how effectively we run the ball when we do run.
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