Time for QB change? Jeremy Pruitt comments on performances of Harrison Bailey, Jarrett Guarantano vs. Auburn
Jeremy Pruitt got a little heated following Tennessee’s latest loss of the season as the Vols fell to Auburn 30-17 on Saturday night.
The biggest storyline for Tennessee following the game, outside of potentially Pruitt’s growing hot seat on Rocky Top, came after Jarrett Guarantano threw his latest Pick Six of the season.
That was the turning point in the game and led to freshman Harrison Bailey getting about half of a quarter to play against the Tigers.
Tennessee senior QB finished the game completing 15 of 23 passes for 156 yards and an interception while the true freshman went seven of 10 for 86 yards.
While Bailey did not throw a touchdown, he did lead Tennessee to a touchdown on his first drive of the game.
Here are the highlights of Pruitt’s postgame comments:
On if Harrison Bailey showed enough to start next weekend vs. Vanderbilt:
“Well, I think you have to evaluate everybody in our program. Our goal is to win every game and every week, we play the guys that give us the best opportunity. So we’ll continue to do that, we’ll have to see how each guy played in this game and figure out moving forward, what’s the best option.”
On if Jarrett Guarantano gives Tennessee the best chance to win:
“Absolutely. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t play him. Guys, he didn’t miss two field goals. He didn’t blow a coverage. There’s lots of things. Did he make a mistake? Absolutely. I made mistakes in the game, okay? So the bottom line is guys, we all have to execute a little bit better to be productive so can score more points on Saturday than the other team does.”
On what he’d say to fans that are losing faith in the direction of his program:
“It ain’t my job guys, my job is to coach. If you want to ask me a football question, ask me a football question.”
On if he still trusts Jim Chaney to be his offensive coordinator after so much inconsistency on the field:
“Did you watch the game? We had more yards than they did. I don’t know if there was inconsistency or not there.”
On Brent Cimagli’s struggles this season:
“Brent has been going through this since, really since we got back, I’m talking about all the way back in June. He came back, he had a little bit of an issue and he’s tried to work through it. So, I mean it’s very unusual for him to miss some kicks. He felt like he hit one of them really good but Cimagli is a great kicker. Okay. And he’ll make a lot of kicks for us down the road.”