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Report: Jarrett Guarantano to Make 1st Career Start

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The Jarrett Guarantano era at Tennessee will begin this weekend.

According to a report this afternoon by Austin Price of Volquest, the redshirt freshman will take over the starting quarterback duties on Saturday against South Carolina.

Guarantano was given a bigger opportunity to win the job against Georgia two weekends ago. Quinten Dormady exited the game with just five completions on 16 attempts for 64 yards before Guarantano replaced him late in the third quarter.

Guarantano also played a few series against UMass and Indiana State. But he hasn’t thrown more than seven passes in a game this season.

Guarantano was the No. 3 overall dual-threat quarterback in the country in the 2016 class according to 247sports. Guarantano was one of the most highly touted recruits of the Vols’ 2016 class. The former Elite 11 quarterback also rushed for over 500 yards in his career at Bergen Catholic in New Jersey.

At Tennessee, the resshirt freshman is 12-for-24 for 54 yards and a touchdown so far. He’s also been sacked twice.

Quinten Dormady has struggled since UT’s first two wins, turning the ball over six times in the past three games.

Butch Jones said on Monday that the first thing he wants from his quarterback coming out of the bye week is ball security. Guarantano will ideally be able to take care of the ball better, using his mobility to get out of the pocket and avoid the pass rush.

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