Spring practice officially began at the University of Tennessee on Tuesday, as the Vols got back to work and began to prepare for the third season of a new era in Knoxville. As usual, Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt addressed the media and answered some questions after the conclusion of practice, where he was asked about the Volunteers’ quarterback situation.
Pruitt gave the media a typical answer, praising all three returning quarterbacks, Jarrett Guarantano, J.T. Shrout, and Brian Maurer, while declining to mention any of the newcomers such as Harrison Bailey directly — likely to avoid putting any unnecessary pressure on the young gunslingers.
“I think Jarrett’s (Guarantano) played a lot of ball. Jarrett (Guarantano) did a lot of really good things the last half of the year to help us win games. J.T. Shrout did some things that helped us win games. Brian Maurer showed some promise at times — We’ve got good competition there.”
Pruitt also told the media that all six of the Vols’ quarterbacks — Jarrett Guarantano, Brian Maurer, J.T. Shrout, Harrison Bailey, Jimmy Holiday, and Kasim Hill — were taking equal reps at the position.
“The plan right now is to rep six (of the quarterbacks), and if someone eliminates themselves then we’ll pair it down.”
He went on to dodge the question on whether there was a front runner for the starting job, giving the media a basic answer that doesn’t at all provide any insight — unsurprisingly. This is likely to keep the competition up at the position, not giving any player a reason to not be motivated.
“We’ve got to figure out who our first quarterback is, our second quarterback is, and our third quarterback is, and they’ll get a chance to do that this spring.”
It remains unclear who will be starting under center for the Volunteers in their first match-up against Charlotte in September, setting up for another intense, suspenseful offseason which will leave Vol Fans sitting at the edge of their seats scrambling to gain a little insight into what the latest news is on the Vols’ offseason quarterback battle.