Jones names Guarantano UT starting quarterback


Tennessee makes quarterback change

Guarantano hasn't exactly lit it up in his limited opportunities though, as the former top recruit has throw for just 54 yards on 12-of-24 passing, averaging just 4.5 yards a completion. Guarantano will be replacing Week 1 starter Quinten Dormady. "Quinten did some very, very good things as well, and like I've continued to say all year long, a lot of times the quarterback is a byproduct of execution of everyone around them, but Jarrett's worked very hard and he'll have that opportunity on Saturday". He also is more mobile than Dormady, though he has gained only 6 net yards on 10 carries thus far.

With Dormady at the helm, Tennessee's offense ranks 109th nationally in total offense, averaging 333.4 yards a game. "We know what happened".

Scott added that Guarantano has come a long way since. It was all over national TV. Guarantano will be making his first career start this weekend and is taking over for junior Quinten Dormady after he started the first five games of this season. "What he's done is he's done a really good job just mentally of understanding how to focus, how to be a great teammate, learning how to take the steps to be the quarterback".

Guarantano was the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class, according to 247Sports. "Obviously, he was very, very disappointed". The Vols had a bye week to prepare and get ready, and Jones recently called the bye week one of the best he's had. Tennessee has won three of those contests while SC won last year's match-up.

"You have to grow and go in a different direction. I think highly of him and I think he's growing and I think he's going to keep getting better and better".

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