KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s projected starting quarterback is getting antsy for the season to start, and so is one of his offensive linemen.
Junior Quinten Dormady and fifth-year senior Brett Kendrick were attending a youth football camp in Clinton when the WATE-6 television crew flagged them down for an interview.
“We try not to look too far ahead, but we know the season is right around the corner, and we feel it,” Kendrick said. “By the time July hits, it’s like, ‘Are we playing yet?’ ”
The Vols have a week left in the first block of the summer conditioning program before they’re off the week of July 4. When the team returns, there will be three more weeks of Coach Rock Gullickson’s strength program before the start of fall drills.
Dormady, who has patiently waited behind Josh Dobbs the past two years, said the season is what college football is all about.
“That’s what we live for,” said Dormady, who remains in competition with redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano for the starting job. “We train half the year for 12 or 13 opportunities — hopefully more than that — so obviously that’s what we look forward to, and I can’t wait for the season to start.”
Dormady took the lead in Tennessee’s quarterback derby in the spring with a 10-for-10, 120-yard, 2-TD performance in the Orange-and-White Game.
Guarantano, while very talented and more mobile than Dormady, has shown enough that coach Butch Jones has continued the competition and QB coach Mike Canales says Tennessee hasn’t ruled out a two-quarterback system.
Tennessee opens the season on a Monday night — Sept. 4 against Georgia Tech at 8 p.m. in Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Vols have six starters returning on offense and six on defense, though several have starting experience after last season’s team had 17 starters miss games because of injuries and attrition.
Athlon Sports has projected Tennessee to finish No. 19 in the nation, which would mark the third straight Top 25 season under fifth-year coach Jones.
— Marshall Hughes (@marshallhughes) June 24, 2017