To answer the headline, hell no.
But, Tennessee’s starting quarterback did, at minimum, somewhat mute his critics with a five-touchdown performance in the dawning of the Lane Kiffin Era in Knoxville.
Is it mitigated by the fact that it came against a Western Kentucky team in its first “official” as a full-fledged member of Div. 1-A football? Yeah, maybe. Somewhat.
But, he did what he was supposed to do. He dominated a lesser opponent at home.
Should he reserve his spot for the fourth seat of the Heisman Trophy ceremony? Of course not. Especially when his two picks are thrown in
But, the performance in a 63-7 blowout is something that Crompton, Kiffin, et al can build on. Especially with The Swamp looming in two weeks.