KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is nearing the halfway point of its spring football session, and the quarterback competition is still “too close to call,” according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Vols coach Butch Jones said at the start of spring drills there would be no timetable for announcing a starter, and apparently no one has been able to separate himself as a leader at this point.
“All of the quarterbacks have had their moments,” according to the source, who was present at Saturday’s scrimmage at Neyland Stadium.
Junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano are most commonly identified as the leaders in the quarterback derby by teammates.
Redshirt sophomore Sheriron Jones has looked sharp throwing in practice, however, and a video from Saturday’s scrimmage appeared to show freshman Will McBride throwing a well-placed TD pass.
Dormady is more athletic than many believe, according to another source who has been present for Tennessee practices and has insight into the competition.
Guarantano, the second source said, is further along in the playbook than many might expect of a player going through his first spring football session.
The Vols are also searching out playmakers to complement preseason All-SEC candidate Jauan Jennings at receiver.
Jennings had a soaring touchdown catch in Saturday’s scrimmage, and Marquez Callaway also made an impressive scoring grab.
Tennessee returns to practice on Tuesday for the seventh of its 15 spring football practices, culminating with the annual Orange & White Game on April 22 at Neyland Stadium.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) March 28, 2017