ATLANTA — Stanford graduate transfer quarterback Keller Chryst has yet to compete for the Tennessee football starting job, but his presence is expected to help the team.
Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt explained why he expects Chryst to provide strong competition for Tennessee’s returning quarterbacks and provide a lift for the program.
“I think that everything you do, you probably get better at it the longer you do it,” Pruitt said on Tuesday night at the Big Orange Caravan stop at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.
Chryst, of course, has operated in Stanford’s pro-style system the last four seasons.
Vols returning sophomore quarterbacks Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride both had decent springs, but they are just a few months into learning a new offense.
Both Guarantano and McBride were recruited as dual-threat quarterbacks to play in the previous staff’s up-tempo hybrid spread offense.
The pro style will require more snaps under center and more throws from the traditional pocket setup.
Chryst, Pruitt said, also has another level of maturity at this stage of his career.
“Based off his age, his experience, he has some wisdom, so that will probably help him in preparation, and I think it will be good for our football team,” Pruitt said, “because we have a young football team, so we only have nine seniors.
“I think some of these guys with experience could help the younger guys.”
Michigan State tailback grad transfer Madre London will also arrive in June and compete immediately for playing time.
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- Fulmer calls for timeout to review Neyland Stadium renovation plan
- Pruitt not backing down to Saban on transfer issue
- Pruitt expressing confidence in secondary
- Vols basketball coach Rick Barnes addressing missed NCAA tourney opportunity
- Fulmer brushes off Alabama, Georgia comparisons
- Vague answers from Pruitt fuel speculation on transfers, starters
- Pruitt reveals what he misses about recruiting
- Fulmer not allowing administrative turmoil to disrupt Tennessee athletics
- Pruitt learning that he and Fulmer ‘see a lot of things the same way’
- Fulmer leads Pruitt on caravan stop