KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It has been awhile since Tennessee junior Quinten Dormady has been in control of an offense, but that could be changing.
Dormady is the projected starter for the Vols this fall, having taken the lead in spring drills and maintained his place atop the totem pole this summer as a leader in 7-in-7 workouts.
Vols quarterbacks coach Mike Canales has said the players at the position need to be able to “step on some toes.”
But the soft-spoken Dormady, who comes off more shy and reserved than any Tennessee quarterback in recent history, said he would only do so very selectively.
“There’s a time and a place,” said Dormady, 6-foot-4 and 222 pounds. “Each guy reacts differently to that. Just being around the team and my teammates, getting to know them on a personal level, that’s what brings that out.”
Dormady recently announced his engagement, raising the question of just how much time outside of practice he will spend with teammates.
It’s a priority for every quarterback to be close to his teammates, whether it’s time after practice on the field, or bonding during free time.
Dormady, a junior from Texas, indicated he feels like he has the right voice to lead.
“I feel like I could get on some guys, and some guys don’t necessarily respond to that, so there’s different guys that respond differently,” Dormady said. “I’m not just going to yell to yell at people, but if there’s something that needs to get changed and it’s happening over and over again, then that would be a time where I might do that.”
Tennessee offensive coordinator Larry Scott made it clear on Sunday that no one has taken charge at quarterback, an indicator that the more vocal Jarrett Guarantano has stayed in the race for starting duties.
“Passing game? It’s a work in progress,” Scott said. “The minute we know we have a guy that consistently goes out and performs and raises the level around him, that’s when we’ll know we have our quarterback.”
Guarantano said nothing means more to him that becoming the starting quarterback at Tennessee.
Dormady seems more laid-back about the situation.
“It’s an open competition,” Dormady said. “Everyone knows that.”
Dormady was 11-of-17 passing in four appearances last season, and he was 10-of-10 for 120 yards with 2 touchdowns in the Orange-and-White Game.
Tennessee is off from practice Monday before resuming fall drills on Tuesday.