I have not been happy with many things coaching-wise this year, but I have to give Applewhite some credit for one thing. He runs a meritocracy at his program.
He gave a Junior former 5 star recruit the chance to begin the year at QB and after he didn't perform well, he was benched.
He gave a senior back up QB that had made several plays for the program over the years a chance and he didn't perform up to par either, so he was benched and gave the nod to the sophomore part time QB - and it paid off.
One thing I appreciate about Applewhite is that he's not afraid to make swift decisions based on performance. I'll give him credit for that.