KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano appears in line to make his first career start for the Vols this week after being elevated to first team on the depth chart on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Guarantano was the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2016 signing class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
A Nike Elite 11 quarterback from Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J., Guarantano has appeared in three games for the Vols this season, completing 12 of 24 passes for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Guarantano’s first impression this season wasn’t a good one, as ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit called him out for appearing detached on the sideline of Tennessee’s 42-41 double-overtime win over Georgia Tech on Sept. 4 in Atlanta.
Vols offensive coordinator Larry Scott said Monday night that Guarantano has grown from that experience.
5 things to know about Jarrett Guarantano
1. Guarantano has more mobility than incumbent Quinten Dormady, giving him the ability to extend plays when receivers don’t get open or pass protection breaks down.
2. Guarantano was 4-of-5 passing for 41 yards in the Orange and White spring game, but there were rules in place that prevented his mobility becoming a factor.
3. Coach Butch Jones’ offenses have been more efficient with mobile quarterbacks, and Guarantano’s skill set more closely resembles departed QB Josh Dobbs than does Dormady.
4. Jones inserted Guarantano into the second half of games against UMass and Georgia hoping to get a spark. Guarantano played three series in the 17-13 win over the Minutemen and three series agains the Bulldogs.
5. Guarantano made his commitment to Tennessee with a Times Square video.