KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jarrett Guarantano is the right quarterback at the right time for Tennessee, and that’s no disrespect to junior Quinten Dormady.
It’s not Dormady’s fault that the Vols lost their go-to receiver, Jauan Jennings, in the opening game of the season and that an undisclosed injury to receiver Tyler Byrd has contributed to a sophomore slump.
The lack of proven receivers played a role in Coach Butch Jones going away from Dormady, a poised pocket-style passer who started the first five games, and turning to more of a mobile, play-making type under center.
Guarantano, a redshirt freshman, brings the confidence the team desperately needs at this stage of the season along with the athleticism at quarterback that could help spark a struggling offense.
No one likes the look of an offensive transition within what’s already a transition season, but that’s where Tennessee finds itself heading to play No. 1-ranked Alabama at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Tuscaloosa at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Guarantano has a different type of presence than the cool-handed Dormady. A product of New Jersey, Guarantano exhibits more swag and is more vocal on the field, something the Vols seemed to respond to in the first half against South Carolina.
— Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) October 18, 2017
SEC Country’s Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss the Vols’ matchup this week, and why Guarantano makes sense as the starter.
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