Butch Jones Says a Dual Quarterback System is Possible in 2017

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    One of the biggest storylines surrounding the Vols this offseason has been the ongoing quarterback battle between junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano. The two are fighting for the chance to replace the production senior quarterback Josh Dobbs had in 2016.

    But, according to Butch Jones, there’s a chance both may be on the field during games for the Vols this season.

    Jones was asked about the Vols’ quarterback battle during his time at the podium in front of the national media at SEC Media Days on Monday. At first, Jones said a starter would be named “when the time was right,” but he would go on to add more to his answer, saying that “if both players earn the right to play, we’ll play both quarterbacks.”

    Tennessee’s last true quarterback battle under Jones happened before the 2014 season. Jones eventually named Justin Worley the starter before Worley sustained a season-ending injury mid-season, and Josh Dobbs would eventually take over as the starter.

    Jones hasn’t run a dual-quarterback system while at Tennessee, but he did during his time at Cincinnati. Jones used a two-quarterback system in 2011 with senior Zach Collaros and sophomore Munchie Legaux. The two quarterbacks helped lead the Bearcats to a 10-3 record and a share of the Big East title.

    Jones also reiterated Shy Tuttle is expected to be back for fall camp in August, and he claimed fellow defensive lineman Kyle Phillips is back to full health.

    Jones also took time to praise the new coaches on staff, and he especially likes that the Vols now have three former head coaches on staff under him. He also shared an interesting story about himself and Mike Canales when they used to go to football camps together.

    Phillip Fulmer and Peyton Manning are two people Jones said he keeps in constant contact with. The former is now an employee of the University of Tennessee once again, and the latter still makes visits UT now that he’s retired from the NFL.

    When asked about the 2016 season, Jones said he “doesn’t view it as a disappointment” despite the Vols collapsing down the stretch and letting the SEC East title slip through their grasp.

    Earlier today, Jones updated the injury status of Shy Tuttle, gave updates on how captains will work for the Vols this year, and more.