Will Tennessee football turn to Keller Chryst, Jarrett Guarantano or somebody else? Here are the top five factors in the Volunteers’ quarterback battle.
Outside of a new head coach and a change in systems, this is the main story everybody talks about when it comes to Tennessee football fall camp. Who will the Vols go with at quarterback for the season? Will they use more than one guy? How good will they be there?
This is the second straight year the Vols are beginning the preseason with a quarterback race. However, you should expect that with a new head coach installing a new system. But with all that comes a new set of factors in play to determine the new starter.
Tennessee football returns two quarterbacks who played last year in Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride. Guarantano was in the quarterback race with Quinten Dormady, who has now transferred. Meanwhile, the arrival of graduate transfer Keller Chryst and true freshman JT Shrout makes this very interesting.
Jeremy Pruitt has said that all four quarterbacks will get a chance to win the job. He also noted that they could run multiple players if they don’t find a clear leader. His philosophy is to treat the quarterback like any other position.
When you combine that with Tyson Helton’s transition to a pro style offense for the unit, it gives you a pretty good idea of what they are looking for in a starter. And those things are what we are going to break down in this post.
Guarantano may have won the spring against McBride, and we had keys to that race as well. But these factors are different because they involve the full team. And they involve all four quarterbacks competing against each other. As a result, we’re changing up the things that matter in the QB race from what we wrote in April.
So what’s it going to take to find the new signal-caller on Rocky Top? Let’s go ahead and analyze all we can about that. These are the five biggest factors in the Tennessee football quarterback race for the 2018 season.