KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee junior quarterback Quinten Dormady announced on his Twitter account that he is transferring from the Vols football program.
— Quinten Dormady (@qdormady) January 15, 2018
Dormady started the first five games of 2017 before being benched after a 41-0 loss to Georgia in favor of redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano.
Dormady was 3-2 as the Vols’ starting quarterback, completing 76 of 137 passes for 925 yards with 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Dormady had season-ending shoulder surgery after Tennessee’s game at Alabama last season and was not available to the team in November.
Guarantano and fellow freshman Will McBride are Tennessee’s two returning scholarship quarterbacks, and the Vols signed California QB JT Shrout in the early signing period.
Shrout, however, will not report to campus until June.
New Tennessee offensive coordinator Ty Helton has told recruits the Vols plan to run a pro-style system.
Dormady was the best equipped of the returning quarterbacks to run a pro-style system, as Guarantano and McBride are better known for their abilities as dual-threat QBs.
Guarantano was 1-5 as Tennessee’s starter last season, completing 86 of 139 passes for 997 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
McBride was 0-1 in his only start, at Missouri. McBride was 17-of-40 for 152 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions in limited playing time as a freshman.
Tennessee’s quarterback competition looks to be wide open entering spring drills under first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt.
Dormady is the fourth junior to leave the program, joining tailback John Kelly, defensive back Rashaan Gaulden and defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie, who announced plans to make themselves eligible for the upcoming NFL draft.