KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee QB competition figures to get ramped up even more entering Practice 3 on Tuesday.
Coach Butch Jones is speeding things up and offensive coordinator Larry Scott is demanding results, the Vols’ Sept. 4 opener against Georgia Tech closing in.
“If it takes two, it takes two,” Tennessee football QB coach Mike Canales said. “They understand we’re going to do what’s best for the team, and if that means playing two, we’ll play two.”
Junior Quinten Dormady, 6-foot-4, and 222 pounds, appears to be the more polished and durable of the group, while redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano brings great athleticism and natural leadership traits under center.
Canales points out that freshman Will McBride also needs to be prepared to play, as the 2016 season proved, Jones’ “competitive depth” term is a very real thing.
“I think they’ve had a great summer, the timing was really good, the first two days were really good in terms of the ball location,” Canales said, breaking down his quarterbacks’ opening practices. “We’ve got to be on the same page, speak the same language, and we have to be in sync.”
Here’s what Canales had to say about leadership and key traits:
Mike Canales on Leadership
“We preached all summer long and in the spring about being the CEO of the offense and understanding what this position entails and what it requires. They all understand they have to lead both on the field and off the field.
They have to be exemplary teammates every day, they have to find opportunities to lead. Whether they are in the facility or in the weight room, they’ve got to be able to push from the back and they have to be able to pull from the front.
It takes personality to do that, and we look at Peyton Manning and some of the speeches he gives on the leadership, and those are the things we’re trying to establish.
It’s their repetitions and when they’re in drill situations, that’s their statement of their commitment to their teammates. It’s how they are going to perform each and every rep,
If they are going to go at game speed, they are showing their teammate ‘that’s my commitment to this team, to this program, to where we want to go.
If I’m going at half speed, that’s not showing leadership It’s being able to do it by example and being a leader on and off the field.”
Mike Canales on QB Traits
“It’s getting guys to feel your energy, to feel you, there are great examples of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. When you watch Peyton Manning and how his offense felt it, and his players trusted him and they felt his presence.
“That’s what I’m trying to generate in the meeting rooms and on the field; your players have got to be able to feel your energy, your enthusiasm and passion, and when they get that and they trust you, they’ll play their butts off for you.
So a lot of the intangibles will be different things, their work ethic, how they come out, when they step across the white line are they ready to go every single day? That’s what we ‘re looking for.”