KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — If you’re looking for Tennessee to make a decision on its starting quarterback, check back in September.
“That one is going to go all the way through summer and fall camp,” Vols offensive coordinator Larry Scott said after Tuesday’s practice. “These situations always have a way of working themselves out and revealing themselves when they are supposed to. It will work itself out.”
Tennessee opens the season against Georgia Tech on Sept. 4 in Atlanta, and there can only be one starting quarterback, but that doesn’t mean that two won’t play in that game.
It’s pretty clear junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano are the two leading candidates, though redshirt sophomore Sheriron Jones has also acquitted himself well.
Scott, who served as Miami’s interim head coach in 2015 before coming to the Vols last season, clearly isn’t hung up on the quarterback competition.
“We’re just going to keep everyone learning and everyone into it and competing, and that will work itself out,” Scott said. “There’s a lot of variables going into that, and one of the natural characteristics of a really good quarterback is the ability to lead and have people fellow.
“So, of course, all of those variables are included into the evaluation of it.”
Scott said he wants to see the quarterback candidates continue to lead on and off the field and be consistent in their approach.
Does there come a time when a team needs to know who its starter is, Scott was asked.
“Absolutely,” He replied. “That’s critical, and whenever that time is, that will reveal itself.”
It’s a good thing, because if more than one quarterback is effective at winning over teammates, the Vols would run the potential of a divided locker room, and that’s not something Butch Jones or Scott would want to deal with.