Crockett adjusts Larkins' career yardage total

Douglas Fritz • Updated Aug 14, 2019 at 7:35 PM

If Cade Larkins is fortunate enough to set the all-time career passing yardage record in Tennessee, his head coach said it should be unquestionably legitimate.

So Hayden Chandley dove into some serious film research and came up with an official total of 8,183 yards over the senior quarterback’s first three seasons at David Crockett. This is 215 yards fewer than the previously reported total of 8,398.

Tennessee’s all-time record is 11,122 yards, which was set by Trinity Christian’s Kyle Akin from 2011-14.

“It took me a little while to get it done,” said Chandley. “We reviewed all of the film from the games Cade played. We wanted to make sure we had a genuine number.

“It’s super special to be mentioned as having a chance to set the state passing record. If he breaks it, we want it to be true and accurate.”

Most of the yardage differential came from Larkins’ freshman season. After watching film, Chandley determined Larkins had 1,359 yards instead of 1,516. Some of the higher total apparently came from credited yardage that actually should have been erased because penalties nullified plays.

The remaining difference of 58 yards came from Larkins’ sophomore season, when the Pioneers went through three head coaches.

Chandley said Larkins was on board with checking the numbers.

“He said he wouldn’t want anything different,” said Chandley. “He thanked me for doing it.

“It doesn’t matter to Cade whether he throws for 30 yards or 300 yards, he just wants to win. In the first two games of last year he had his lowest totals of the season (150 and 216). But he later had (six) games over 350.”

The change in Larkins’ total drops him out of the No. 11 spot on the all-time list. However, he needs only 225 yards to move into the top 10. To reach the top five, Larkins would have to rack up 2,030 yards.

Currently, Larkins is 2,939 yards short of the record. But last year he averaged 306 yards per game (totaling 3,979), and matching that average this year would allow him to break the record in the regular season.

Larkins also threw for 2,845 yards as a sophomore in 11 games.

Chandley said the record chase is not just a Larkins’ thing. It’s a team thing that requires good offensive line play, quality receivers, running backs catching passes and picking up blitzes, and the defense stopping drives to get the ball back to the offense.

“Football is the ultimate team game,” said Chandley. “Any time you get accolades, you don’t do it on your own.”

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