The most important position battle at Tennessee’s fall camp is for the starting quarterback job, with junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano as the two front-runners.
Replacing longtime starter Joshua Dobbs won’t be easy, but coach Butch Jones has liked what he’s seen from the two quarterbacks so far.
On Tuesday, Jones told 247Sports that both Dormady and Guarantano are improving with every rep they take at practice:
“What I see is just constant improvement every day,” Jones said. “I see both of those individuals getting better with repetitions. Everything is scripted out with their reps, and I see both individuals getting better and gaining confidence daily, as well.”
Jones added that Dormady has improved greatly as a vocal leader, which is a skill a starting quarterback needs to have:
“I see him getting better and better, more comfortable being more vocal,” Jones said. “We’ve challenged him in terms of just the overall command of the offense, and same thing with Jarrett — the same thing.
“How do we act? How do we command the line of scrimmage? Our voice inflection, controlling the different looks and different audibles, and getting into the right plays, body language after you make a play — whether it’s good, bad or indifferent, a snap-and-clear mentality. So much goes into playing the quarterback position from a skill set, but also from a mentality and a mental skill set, as well.”
Jones wouldn’t say when he plans to name a starter for the Vols’ season opener against Georgia Tech on Monday, Sept. 4, in Atlanta.