Tennessee OC shares his thoughts on QB competition with spring camp winding down

Nov 5, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA;  Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones during the first quarter against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Despite so many unanswered questions surrounding the football program in Knoxville this spring, the one uncertainty that looms larger than any other is the program’s eventual replacement for Joshua Dobbs. The main battle appears to be down to junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano, with redshirt sophomore Sheriron Jones also competing for snaps this spring.

With spring soon coming to a close on Rocky Top, with the Orange & White Game kicking off Saturday afternoon, is Tennessee any closer to naming a starting quarterback? According to offensive coordinator Larry Scott, the Vols are not even close.

“I think that (competition) is going to go all the way through summer, fall camp,” Scott admitted Tuesday following the team’s latest practice. “Those situations always have a way of working themselves out and revealing themselves when they are supposed to. We just going to keep everyone learning, keep everyone into it, keep everyone going, competing and all those things. That will work its way out.”

It’s interesting to hear Scott admit the team will likely let the competition play out all the way into the fall. While that may leave some to question whether any of the quarterbacks are standing out this spring, according to practice observers and comments from the players themselves and several of the coaches on staff, both Dormady and Guarantano have appeared to be solid options during spring camp.

Depending on the size of the audience at Neyland Stadium Saturday, fans will get a good chance to see both quarterbacks compete head-to-head in front of a large crowd. Should one quarterback rise to the occasion and the other flounder, it very well could be the beginning of a separation that continues to widen leading up to the Sept. 4 opener in Atlanta against Georgia Tech.


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