Jarrett Guarantano

Report: Jarrett Guarantano to start against South Carolina; Dormady considering his future with the team

GoVols247 is citing multiple sources in reporting that redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano is expected to make his first start at quarterback on Saturday against South Carolina. They are also reporting that Quinten Dormady is now “considering his future with the program.”

Dormady started the first five games and went 76 of 137 for 925 yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions. Guarantano has seen limited action in four games and gone 12 of 24 for 54 yards and a touchdown.

As we just published a few minutes ago, Jones yesterday appeared to be focused on three things he expected out of his quarterbacks: taking care of the football, good decision-making, and leadership, and he placed an emphasis on the backup getting “leadership reps” when not starting. Guarantano had received national criticism for his demeanor on the bench for the first game against Georgia Tech when Dormady started. There have been rumors that Dormady has already left the team, but for now the report is merely that he is considering his options.


  1. I know that this kind of situation is always hard for the QBs involved. And we always mused about the possibility of losing one of these guys if the other took the job and ran with it. Still, despite how poorly Dormady (and the offense as a whole) has performed, it will be a real shame if he transfers. He didn’t win the job on the field, but neither has Guarantano. I’d like to see him stick it out and be there ready to jump in should JG continue to struggle or get hurt.

  2. I am afraid Riley Ferguson and Nathan Peterman are proof that if Quinten Dormady could be a great college QB if only he had proper coaching.

  3. QD should stay. Plenty of leadership reps available on the sideline this Saturday.

  4. I think it’s the right decision at this time. Guarantano should have a full game just to show what he’s capable of when he’s settled in. With that being said, circumstances may have forced this decision. The roster change and these rumors about Dormandy are troubling and definitely seems like it could have been handled better.

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