The Biggest Reasons Why the Vols Could Surprise in 2017

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    Quarterback Play

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    Almost every team’s success or failure depends on the play of the quarterback position. But that may be even more true for the 2017 Vols. And one way the Vols can surprise people this season is with better-than-expected quarterback play.

    And the potential for that is there.

    Tennessee’s two quarterbacks, Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano, have high ceilings. Both of them were highly-rated coming out of high school, and both have looked good during practices this fall.

    Throw in the fact that there are little expectations for Tennessee’s quarterbacks, and this is a recipe for a potential surprise.

    Earlier this summer, the scouting director for 247Sports, Barton Simmons, ranked all 14 SEC quarterbacks. And he had Tennessee’s quarterback situation 13th in the conference, listing Dormady as the projected starter. He cited that Dormady has room for upward mobility but said moving above No. 9 on the list by the end of the year “would be a surprise.”

    One way the Vols would turn heads this season would be for Dormady or Guarantano to come out and have a solid to great season. Because if they can do that, there’s a good chance good fortune will follow the rest of the team.

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    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.