Tennessee football podcast: Vols must avoid controversy at quarterback in 2018

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football is like any other program, at its best when a strong, talented leader is lined up at quarterback

The Vols have had their share of legends, among them Condredge Holloway, to Heath Shuler, Peyton Manning, Tee Martin, Casey Clausen and most recently Josh Dobbs.

Tennessee’s 2018 team, however, appears far from settled on a quarterback. The Vols are seeking a graduate transfer quarterback who can run the pro style offense new coach Jeremy Pruitt plans to utilize.

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Whoever Tennessee ends up with, last season serves as evidence that the Vols need to avoid a quarterback controversy

Stanford graduate transfer Keller Chryst visited last weekend and had positive things to say about Tennessee. Chryst, 11-2 as a starter, wouldn’t be able to enroll until June.

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East Carolina graduate transfer QB Gardner Minshew is another possibility for Tennessee, and he would be able to transfer immediately and take part in spring drills.

The Vols open spring drills on March 20, currently with two returning scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.

Sophomores Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride were both recruited to play in former coach Butch Jones’ uptempo spread offense.

Tennessee senior quarterback Quinten Dormady announced in June he was transferring out.

Guarantano and Dormady staged a high-profile competition for the starting job last year, and it didn’t appear to be the healthiest relationship.

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit took note during the opening game, and it brought negative attention to the program.

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Pruitt will surely look to avoid that sort of negativity this season.

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