DeBord Impressed With Young Quarterbacks

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    Photo Credit: Mason Burgin/RTI

    Photo Credit: Mason Burgin/RTI

    Most eyes are on starter Joshua Dobbs at quarterback this spring, but with him entering his senior season, a few eyes are also shifting to the future of the position.

    Sophomore Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Sheriron Jones, a couple players that will factor into that, are on campus and impressing this spring. Incoming freshman Jarrett Guarantano will join that race over the summer.

    “Quinten’s had really good practices,” offensive coordinator Mike DeBord said after practice on Thursday evening. “He had a real good practice on Tuesday, and he followed that up with a real good one (Thursday).

    “Sheriron – I really like his mentality right now, he’s working extra, really coming in trying to get extra stuff, spending a lot of time watching film by himself and things like to get better. Sheriron is continuing to learn and I like where he’s at right now and he’ll get better.”

    It almost was a much different story for Jones, who briefly departed Tennessee in the fall to transfer to Colorado, only to change his mind shortly after doing so and reversing courses to return to Knoxville – taking advantage of an NCAA rules that gives transferring players a short window to return to school they left with no eligibility penalty. DeBord said he’s picked up where he left off after figuring out he wanted to continue being a Vol

    “I think he understood this is where he wanted to be and he understood what this program was all about, his teammates, his coaches, and I just think he wanted to come back because of those things and what’s here at the University of Tennessee,” DeBord said.

    “Like all of us, we were disappointed, then when he said he wanted to come back, we were obviously very excited,” DeBord added. “He’s a great person number one and he’s got great talent, and with him staying with it now, he’s going to be fine.”