KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The son of a high school coach, Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady takes a direct, no-nonsense approach to football.
“I’m just trying to be myself, I’m not going to change,” Dormady said Tuesday after practice, weathering a media circus of more than 30 reporters who poured in.
“The only thing I’m trying to be is consistent.”
Dormady is a rising junior who has waited his turn to take over the Vols quarterback duties with Josh Dobbs departing.
Tennessee landed the highly sought after Dormady after he received scholarship offers from Alabama, TCU, Oklahoma State and pass-happy Indiana.
The strong-armed Dormady passed for 2,893 yards as a senior in 2014 and rushed for 261 yards and 5 TDs.
Dormady made it clear in the offseason he plans to “take charge” of Tennessee’s team this season.
“I’ve waited a couple years behind Josh,” Dormady said, “and now I’m gonna get my opportunity to show what I can do.”
Dormady is competing with redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano for the starting quarterback duties.
Coach Butch Jones said he wants his quarterbacks to “compete and not compare.”