ORLANDO, Fla. - To say that future Tennessee quarterback BJ Coleman improved his stock at the inaugural East Meets West All-American game is an understatement.
The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder says he just went out to have fun during practice and at the game in Orlando. Regardless, it looks like Coleman could be one of the fastest rising signal callers in the Southeast. He definitely impressed completing seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.
The humble Coleman says that the credit goes to both his high school and East Meets West coaches for that.
"The coaches did a great job with this offense and I couldn't have done it without my teammates and coaches back in Chattanooga who got me here," Coleman said. "My team has done an awesome job helping me with my career. I can't say enough about them."
"I'm thankful for everything that has happened to me and for my teammates back home."
Playing with two heavily recruited quarterbacks like G.J. Kinne and Brock Mansion, Coleman said that he picked stuff up during the week from each. He says that working together with both of those passers along with talented receivers, running backs, and an offensive line, has been a treat.
Don't expect Coleman to change his hard-working attitude before arriving to Tennessee. While he obviously wants to someday lead the Volunteers' offense, he knows that there are great quarterbacks on campus that he can learn from as well in Knoxville.
"Tennessee is an awesome place," Coleman said. "Coach David Cutcliffe is unbelievable. He's a great offensive mind, quarterbacks coach, and a good person. They've already got great quarterbacks there, so I'm just looking forward to learning and competing with those guys."
Coleman, who says he was more familiar with a run-based offense, says the passing attack in the all-star game prepared him for what's next.
"It's so much fun to be able to play with great athletes in a fast-paced offense like this," Coleman said. "Now I can take what I've learned here to the next level."