Jarrett Guarantano is one of Tennessee’s quarterbacks and the sophomore talent might have opportunities to play going forward.
He did play against Indiana State but did not see the field in the season opener against Georgia Tech.
Here’s what you need to know about Guarantano:
1. Jarrett Guarantano was a prized recruit
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Guarantano was the No. 1 dual-threat QB in the Class of 2016, rated as a 4-star prospect and No. 81 overall player in the recruiting cycle. Guarantano starred at Bergen Catholic (N.J.), where he passed for 3,028 yards and 28 TDs, and rushed for 523 yards and 12 TDs in his career there.
2. Jarrett Guarantano had no doubt about the Vols
Guarantano seemed to have his destination picked from the outset, committing to Tennessee and his primary recruiter Mike DeBord in April 2015. He kept his pledge despite DeBord’s departure for Indiana this past January, and even though numerous big programs in the SEC and around the country were coveting him.
3. Jarrett Guarantano was ripped by Kirk Herbstreit
Guarantano didn’t play against Georgia Tech and Guarantano had a bad attitude about it. ESPN commentator Kirk Herbstreit called him out for it.
4. Jarrett Guarantano didn’t get a chance to shine in spring game
Dormady, by consensus, was the better performer during Tennessee’s spring game. Guarantano finished 4 of 5 for 41 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Orange and White game, which was shortened because of weather conditions.
What also didn’t help Guarantano was the fact that no quarterback run plays were called and he was unable to extend plays. However, Dormady also won the skills challenge, which involved throwing at a stationary dummy, at a moving target and other challenges.
5. Jarrett Guarantano had things clicking a few weeks ago
Just a few weeks ago, Tennessee quarterbacks coach Mike Canales said he saw things had “clicked” for Guarantano during one particular practice. After spending the previous week away from the team due to a death in the family, Guarantano came back and had an impressive day on Aug. 12.
“He was really laser focused, and he had sniper accuracy, he was on point, he was really focused in,” Canales said less than a month ago.