Tennessee fans got their first opportunity to see redshirt freshman QB Jarrett Guarantano in action during Tuesday’s practice.
Guarantano is battling for the starting quarterback position with Quinten Dormady this spring, and sources we’ve spoken with inside the program says Guarantano should be the signal caller to beat.
Nonetheless, Guarantano isn’t going to be handed the job, and Dormady has looked capable in limited time during his career. I wouldn’t expect Butch Jones to make any type of decision anytime soon.
Guarantano spoke to the media after practice, and he thinks Tennessee is a university that’s “soon to be the SEC Champions.” When asked by the media if his every move is being watched while competing for the starting job, Guarantano had the following to say:
“Yeah, every single step is watched,” Guarantano said. “I go to class; I’m being watched. I’m on Twitter; I’m being watched. I’m on Instagram. But that’s what comes with the job and being the quarterback at a big university — a university that’s soon to be the SEC Champions, and it’s going to be even crazier in the future.”
Vols fans have to love the swagger and confidence he brings to the table.
Tennessee’s last SEC Championship came back in 1998 when the Vols won the first BCS National Championship. Since ’98, Tennessee lost the SEC Championship Game in 2001, 2004 and 2007.
Notably, Alabama has beaten the Vols 10 straight times, and even getting past Florida and getting to Atlanta has been an issue. Even though the Florida curse was broken in 2016, Tennessee couldn’t manage to make it back to the championship game.
Can Guarantano help change things around for Butch Jones and company? He should be a welcomed sight in Knoxville.
Guarantano’s full interview can be seen here, and his comments come at the very end of the video.