KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Football season — the spring variety – is closing in on Rocky Top, and there’s a quarterback battle brewing.
Redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano is in San Diego training with renowned quarterback guru George Whitfield, per a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel, while rising junior Quinten Dormady brings the prototypical size along with experience, to the table.
“He doesn’t talk about having that spot. He just says he knows he has to go to work,” Whitfield told the Gannett news product. “For a kid that has grown up with a lot of self-confidence, he has been very humble about what is coming around the corner. It’s good to hear he is taking that ground-level approach to this shuffle.”
Whitfield specializes in helping quarterbacks with their footwork, but he also coaches up the mindset.
Whitfield helped develop Connor Cook into Michigan State’s all-time wins leader, explaining the jet fighter pilot mentality that it takes to run a football team.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones has run a version of the spread in past seasons, but with new offensive coordinator Larry Scott the offense could involve more pro-style principles than ever.
SECcountry.com broke the story earlier this week that Jones does not have a timeline on naming a starting quarterback, as he and Scott will be thorough in their evaluation of the direction they want to take the offense after the departure of Josh Dobbs.
Former Vols quarterback Josh Dobbs, who led the SEC in passing efficiency last season and held UT set a single-season record for scoring, also trained with Whitfield during his time in Knoxville.