It’s not a very common thing to say that you need to pay attention to two quarterbacks in a game. But that is the case for Tennessee football. As we already mentioned, last Saturday’s loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers had nothing to do with Jarrett Guarantano.
However, we also said at the beginning of the year that Keller Chryst was more experienced in the pro-style offense. Because of that, he may be more skilled at getting rid of the ball quickly with such a struggling offensive line at this point. And with so many playmakers on Rocky Top, a quarterback could have the luxury of doing just that.
Chryst has a solid bit of talent overall. And Jeremy Pruitt said at the end of the WVU game that it didn’t matter if Guarantano went 24-for-24. He was going to give Chryst a chance to play in this game. As a result, pay attention to what he does.
What’s clear is that Chryst and Guarantano are still in a bit of a quarterback competition, and even if Guarantano is winning, Chryst could prove himself to be more spectacular in actual in-game situations. Now, to be fair, ETSU is not going to be a fair comparison in that regard when Guarantano had to face WVU.
But this is all still worth noting because the Vols have all of September to be able to figure out their situation at the position. These next two weeks are huge towards doing that, and it starts with a chance to test things out Saturday.