The Tennessee Volunteers will reportedly hand the keys to redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano when the team plays the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, according to Rivals.com. The redshirt freshman supplants Quinten Dormady, who started the first five games under center.
Rivals.com believes that the incumbent is now contemplating his future with the program as well.
Guarantano has seen action in three games this season, coming on in relief of offensive struggles. The former top recruit out of the Volunteers’ 2016 class is 12-for-24 for 54 yards. There was a time during the opening win over Georgia Tech when Guarantano was seen disengaged with the offense on the sideline.
“He can see that, ‘If I’m going to be the face of a program, the face of the team, the quarterback, it can’t look like that. Ever,'” offensive coordinator Larry Scott told Rivals on Monday.
“For him to have that experience, that’s as real as it gets. That’s no ‘coach talk.’”Now your parents and us as coaches and your teammates, we’re going to help you through this, but now you see what it’s supposed to look like and that it can’t be like that.
“You have to grow and go in a different direction. He’s done a really good job just mentally, understanding how to focus, how to be a great teammate, learning how to take the steps to be a quarterback.”
Tennessee is directly off an embarrassing 41-0 loss at home to the surging Georgia Bulldogs. Kickoff between the Volunteers and Gamecocks is slated for 12:00 Eastern Time.