KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee offensive coordinator Ty Helton has a pretty good idea of what he wants the Vols offense to look like.
It’s just a matter of finding the best fit at quarterback.
Returning Tennessee scholarship quarterbacks Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride made progress in spring drills and did a good job of taking care of the football, according to coach Jeremy Pruitt.
But the starting job is very much in the air, and Stanford graduate transfer Keller Chyrst would have to be considered the favorite.
Chryst was 11-2 as a starter with the Cardinal. More importantly, the 6-foot-5, 238-pound Chryst has four years of experience playing in a pro-style offense.
McBride and Guarantano have gone through exactly one spring practice in this style of offense after being recruited as dual-threat quarterbacks.
Guarantano played two years in Butch Jones’ modified spread attack. Guarantano was 1-5 last season as the starter after redshirting his first season on campus.
McBride was a freshman last season and lost the only game he started, at Missouri.
- Projected starter: Chryst
- Pressing issue: How coaches distribute repetitions in August practices
- Concern: Transfer before or after season?
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