KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s football team will be on display Saturday for the first time since a humbling 42-24 home loss to Vanderbilt brought the 2017 season to an end.
New coach Jeremy Pruitt and his players aren’t looking back, as the Orange and White Game is viewed as a new beginning for the Vols.
Pruitt has held his players to a championship standard throughout spring drills, confronting them when they’ve fallen short while providing media and fans with succinct evaluations even when the updates haven’t been so promising.
All positions are open for competition, but the quarterback spot always gets the most attention on offense. Meanwhile, the defense is searching for a dominant leader.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jarrett Guarantano has added 18 pounds of muscle in the offseason and has looked good throwing the football in drill work.
Guarantano took over as the Vols starter last season after Quinten Dormady’s injury, going 1-5.
Tennessee signed Stanford graduate transfer Keller Chryst to compete with Guarantano and Will McBride this summer. The means Guarantano and McBride will be doing their best to impress in front of a Neyland Stadium crowd that’s expect to approach 70,000.
Darrell Taylor opened last season making a game-winning stop in overtime in a win over Georgia Tech from his defensive end position.
Taylor has since moved to outside linebacker, with the Vols going from a 4-3 to 3-4 alignment, and Taylor will remain key.
Guarantano and Taylor top the list of players to watch in the spring game, as their performances will say much about the direction of the program.
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