KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Butch Jones is telling himself to be patient this spring.
Yes, Tennessee football has huge shoes to fill with three-year starter Josh Dobbs having moved on toward the NFL
But Jones knows he has solid prospects at the position, and it’s likely just a matter of time before quarterbacks like Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride can execute properly.
Guarantano is challenging junior Quinten Dormady for the starting job.
It’s a race one UT source said is “too close to call” at this juncture of spring drills, and Jones has said there’s no timetable.
On Tuesday, Jones said he’s keeping last Saturday’s scrimmage in perspective.
“Yeah, you have to keep in perspective, just like with the wide receiver group, Latrell Williams, Tyler Byrd, kids going through their first spring,” Jones said Tuesday. “Jarrett Guarantano is going through his first spring, (so is) Will McBride, so as a coach you have to step back and say it’s all teaching points.”
McBride threw a touchdown pass in Saturday’s scrimmage, while Guarantano threw an interception.
Jones doesn’t seem overly concerned, however.
“I see them getting better and better and better, and it’s been difficult with some injuries,” Jones said, referring to center Coleman Thomas being out after an emergency appendectomy surgery.
“It’s been challenging for them in terms of continuity and getting into a rhythm, but I do like the way they are all progressing.”