How did EJ earned it? He had been here in the program 4 years? He had paid his dues? His performance on the field against teams with a pulse doesn’t scream earning it. AR’s performance against LSU was earning the position, and then Mullen had him splitting reps with EJ the week before facing the number 1 defense in the country. Who does that to a starting QB? Looking at the film, AR is a more complete QB, he just lacks the experience EJ has. The problem becomes how can he get that experience sitting on the bench. It becomes a self fulfilling prophecy by the coaching staff.