While there was no drama as to who would be the starter at quarterback for the Vols in 2016, the emergence of freshman Jarrett Guarantano did increase competition for the backup role.
Butch Jones, however, confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that sophomore Quinten Dormady will retain the title of backup quarterback job heading into 2016 as he held off Guarantano and redshirt freshman Sheriron Jones in camp.
Offensive coordinator Mike DeBord said Dormady’s experience of being on campus since January of 2015, and playing in six games last year (13/22 for 209 yards, TD) helped give the edge.
“I think, No. 1 he’s been here for a year and that year experience has really helped him,”said DeBord. “He knows the offense and so I think that’s been a big part. You know, every day we put new wrinkles in or we’re putting gameplan stuff in. That’s just all new stuff for Jarrett. And Jarrett is smart, and he’s done a great job, but I just think that year of experience has really helped Quinten.”
Dormady helped confirm that decision during Monday’s practice, when the Vols went into scrimmage mode in the third period of the day. The Boerne, Tex., native showed that he is capable of coming in and moving the ball.
“Well I thought Quinten had his best practice yesterday,” DeBord added. “He took the second (team offense) right down and scored and really executed really well. Jarrett continues every day to get better and continues to learn the offense, so both guys are doing well.”