KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Quarterbacks coach Mike Canales has brought a lot of coaching experience to Tennessee, and it’s beginning to show.
The Vols’ quarterback derby has been a healthy one, with junior Quinten Dormady, redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano and redshirt sophomore Sheriron Jones showing improvement each week.
Tennessee put out a highlight video featuring the top two candidates in the race — Dormady (1A) and Guarantano (1B) — as well as Canales’ coaching tips.
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“It’s a great day to get better,” Canales told his players this week. “A standard has been set here by the guys who have come before you, so we have to live up to that standard and we have to push ourselves above it.”
No doubt, Josh Dobbs set the bar high by leading the SEC in passing efficiency and touchdowns produced, falling just 12 yards short of Peyton Manning’s single-season offense record.
The Jan. 20 hiring of Canales was pretty much in conjunction with head coach Butch Jones going all in on new offensive coordinator Larry Scott. Canales was Scott’s offensive coordinator when Scott played offensive line at South Florida in the 1990s.
Prior to Tennessee, Canales was coaching at his alma Mater, Utah State, as assistant head coach.
Canales was a quarterback for the Aggies from 1981-83, and he still jumps into the QB drills to demonstrate.
Canales, just like his quarterbacks, is trying to live up to a high standard.
“We have to come every day to work,” Canales said. “The pressure is put on every day to perform.”
The video features Dormady hitting Marquez Callaway for a pair of touchdowns, as well as Guarantano scrambling to find Jakob Johnson with a great throw off the run.
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