KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano hasn’t taken a snap at the collegiate level, but he has certainly created a buzz in spring drills.
Guarantano and junior Quinten Dormady are competing for the Vols’ quarterback position, and both have drawn positive reviews from teammates through the first four practices.
Dormady is the son of a coach, and he has taken a quiet, confident approach to trying to win the starting job.
Guarantano, however, carries himself with a swagger that has drawn the interest of fans and media alike.
On Wednesday night, the New Jersey quarterback put a picture out on his Twitter account of a lion with the caption “Fire in my eyes,” and changed his Twitter avatar to the lion’s head.
Surely Guarantano could not have known that the last Tennessee quarterback to have an overt affinity for lions was national championship quarterback Tee Martin.
Martin wore a chain with a lion pendant while a player with the Vols, and he also had a lion tattooed on his shoulder during Orange Bowl week the season before he led UT to the national title victory over Florida State.
Martin, now Southern Cal’s offensive coordinator and recently inducted into the Mobile Hall of Fame, was also the last Tennessee quarterback to win the SEC Championship in 1998.
Guarantano said earlier this spring that Tennessee was “soon to be SEC champs.”
Fire in my eyes. pic.twitter.com/ppX3jmbCxv
— Jarrett Guarantano✞ (@Guarantano2) March 30, 2017