Jeremy Pruitt updates Tennessee's plan at QB after Harrison Bailey, JT Shrout take majority of snaps against Florida
Leave it to Tennessee to enter a game with issues at quarterback only to have two young players play well at the position and exit the game with more questions exiting the game than answers.
Jeremy Pruitt finally moved on from Jarrett Guarantano last weekend, as the Vols went with true freshman Harrison Bailey to start the Florida game, but the young QB ultimately gave way to J.T. Shrout late in the contest.
Bailey finished the game completing 14 of 21 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown, while Shrout completed 12 of 14 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. Both quarterbacks played well, leaving Tennessee in a situation where it’s unclear which player will start the rest of the season.
During his first press conference of Vanderbilt Week, Pruitt was asked to share the latest on the team’s plan at quarterback.
“Harrison and J.T. will take the majority of the reps moving forward,” Pruitt said. “Brian brings an extra element with his athleticism, just trying to keep him with a role, and I thought he did a nice job on Saturday with the role that he had. So we will continue to do that moving forward.”
While Shrout played well against Florida, many Tennessee fans are curious why Pruitt made the decision to pull Bailey from the game instead of giving the freshman more reps.
According to the Tennessee coach, Shrout earned playing time during practice.
“Like I said last week, he had a really good 10 days of practice leading up to the game on Saturday,” Pruitt offered up on Monday.
Pruitt was then asked to share his thoughts on the performances of Bailey and Shrout against Florida and what they did well.
“They took care of the football. I thought Harrison showed some poise in stepping up and scrambling and making some plays there,” he answered. “I felt like he handled the signaling from the game, the communication with the o-line and receivers, we did use one timeout there on the 30-yard line… I thought he done a nice job. I think JT did a nice job and Brian did too on the plays he played.”
Finally, on Jarrett Guarantano’s status, it certainly sounds like Tennessee has moved on from the longtime starter.
“We are going to go with Harrison and JT and stay with the same schedule we did last week,” Pruitt concluded.