If Dominick Wood-Anderson is getting lots of postseason recognition for his play as a receiving tight end, then somebody will be racking up lots of passing stats. Jarrett Guarantano is the guy likely to be throwing him the balls unless he gets hurt. Jeremy Pruitt has shown lots of confidence in Guarantano since arriving on Rocky Top.
Guarantano was knocked out of three games last year. And he was under constant pressure. Those things are why we have him down on this list, even if he has the potential to really take a step forward with Jim Chaney as Tennessee football’s offensive coordinator. The last time Chaney was here, quarterback Tyler Bray had a historic season throwing the ball.
As the MVP of the spring game with four touchdowns and a guy who showed flashes last year, such as throwing for over 300 yards against the Auburn Tigers, Guarantano has shown he can be efficient. However, efficiency wouldn’t win him any postseason awards as a quarterback. Using his big arm to throw to his big receivers and tight ends would.
Chaney loves to utilize his weapons, and Guarantano will be his vessel to get those weapons the ball. If the offensive line takes a step forward, that could result in Guarantano putting up tons of offensive numbers throughout the year, and despite the competition in the SEC with so many elite quarterbacks, it may be enough to get him some postseason recognition.