KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Butch Jones has pulled starting quarterback Quinten Dormady out of the last two games looking for a spark, and CBS analyst Gary Danielson suggests it could be time for a new starter.
“I really do think if you’re Butch Jones now, you’re just forced to try to go a couple two or three games with the next quarterback,” Danielson said during his broadcast of Georgia’s 41-0 win against Tennessee on Saturday.
“You’ve tried it, this was a highly recruited player, [Jarrett] Guarantano was; he’s struggled; he really hasn’t earned the starting job, but sometimes you just get it and you’ve got to go.”
Danielson, who played quarterback in the NFL for 13 years, also said he talked with Vols offensive coordinator Larry Scott in the days leading up to Tennessee’s loss to Georgia.
“As Larry Scott told us,” Danielson said, “[Guarantano] has been humbled a bit and had his best week of preparation.”
Dormady has certainly been dealt a tough hand, from the time the team’s 2016 leading receiver, junior Josh Malone, elected to go pro.
Injuries on the offensive line piled up in fall drills, limiting the Vols’ scrimmage opportunities, and then go-to receiver Jauan Jennings was lost for the season with a wrist injury in the opening game.
Josh Smith, Tennessee’s only senior receiver, had offseason surgery and was limited throughout spring and into preseason drills.
New receivers, new position coach, new coordinator and new offense — it’s fair to say it would be a lot for any quarterback to handle.
Dormady has remained poised and cool, but he has yet to show he can rally the players around him, and now Jones must decide on the Vols’ quarterback philosophy moving forward.
Does Tennessee want a scorer or point guard playing quarterback?
Do the Vols have enough playmakers to warrant a quarterback who is more of a caretaker (Dormady) than a playmaker (Guarantano)?
Or does Tennessee need a quarterback with mobility that can scramble to buy time or make positive yards when protection breaks down?
Dormady keeps more players involved and more plays in the playbook, while Guarantano would mean a simplified playbook but another run threat in the backfield.
The Vols have the off week to figure it out, as they don’t return to action until Oct. 14 against South Carolina in Neyland Stadium.
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