KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football coaches have gone beyond Plan B with the offense this season.
Coach Butch Jones and new offensive coordinator Larry Scott had all sorts of ideas for their offense last summer. How would they use receivers Jauan Jennings and Tyler Byrd? How often would quarterback Quinten Dormady hand off to running back John Kelly?
Taking a look at the Vols now, none of those players are factors. Instead, redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano, freshman tailback Ty Chandler and sophomore wide receiver Marquez Callaway lead the way.
The Vols (3-4, 0-4 SEC) are a 5 1/2-point underdogs to Kentucky (5-2, 2-2) in their game at Kroger Field at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Kelly was suspended on Wednesday as a result of a drug possession citation. Jennings suffered a season-ending injury in the opening game. Dormady lost his job after committing 8 turnovers in four games, and Byrd has practiced so poorly coaches won’t play him.
That leaves it up to the dual-threat Guarantano, in his third career start, and the fleet-footed Chandler.
Chandler doesn’t break tackles like Kelly — few college backs do — but the Montgomery Bell Academy product has home-run speed and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
SEC Country’s Mike Grifith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss Kelly’s suspension and how that might affect the team on Saturday.
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