Tennessee’s Jarrett Guarantano has some fans outside the Volunteer state.
Could 2020 be the year Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano puts it all together for the Vols?
Guarantano, a New Jersey native and a former four-star recruit, made strides in his junior season under Jeremy Pruitt to the tune of a respectable statistical campaign just north of 2,000 yards, paired with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Behind an improving offensive line which includes projected first round pick, Trey Smith, Guarantano has the tools to impress should he receive another opportunity. In his second year under offensive coordinator Jim Chaney — who made the switch from rival Georgia just last offseason — Guarantano’s increased familiarity with the system ought to pay dividends.
Guarantano’s game took off in impressive performances against Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina and Mississippi State in 2019 and rival SEC coaches are taking notice.
Rival SEC coaches speak highly of Tennessee’s Jarrett Guarantano entering his final season of eligibility.
“Their quarterback (Jarrett Guarantano) has got talent and he’s a competitor. That’s the thing that jumps out when you watch him,” an anonymous coach told Lindy’s sports for their college football preview. “He’s very, very competitive and competes at a high level. But he’s got to get more consistent. … I think their offensive line will be pretty good. If they get good play from the quarterback and running backs, they’ll be good.”
Consistency, as well as a lack of situational awareness at times, has prevented Guarantano from taking the next step in his development as a passer. Pruitt even went as far as to say the starting quarterback job is a “good competition” at the beginning of Spring Practice in March. Still, with his recent starting experience and overall potential in Chaney’s system, he’s favored to win that position over the likes of transfer Kasim Hill, Brian Maurer and JT Shrout.
The anonymous survey went on to praise Pruitt for his ability to turn things around in Knoxville in such a short period of time, but the Vols won’t be able to fully reap the benefits without the emergence of a true star behind center. Based on the film and praise of some of the SEC’s best, Guarantano could very well be that guy.