Vols’ Quarterbacks Grade Out as Worst in the SEC

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    Tennessee’s offense has sputtered to a hault over the last three weeks, and neither one of the Vols’ quarterbacks have been able to breathe life into it. Quinten Dormady was Tennessee’s starter for the first five games of the season, and Jarrett Guarantano was tabbed to be the starter for the Vols’ match-up with South Carolina this past weekend.

    And according to one metric system, those two have been the worst quarterbacks in the SEC this season.

    According to a metric system devised by Jake Wimberly, a host of an ESPN Radio show and writer for Gridiron Now, the Vols’ quarterbacks have performed worse than any other quarterbacks in the conference.

    Wimberley’s “metric stamp” gives Tennessee’s quarterbacks a score of 1.42 on the season. According to Wimbley himself, an average stamp range according to his algorithm is between a 10.4 and 10.8. A quarterback with no on-field experience grades out with a zero in his algorithm.

    Dormady has completed just 76 of his 137 passes for 925 yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions in five starts this season. Guarantano has gone 23-of-42 for 187 yards and one touchdown in one start and three other appearances thus far. Tennessee’s combined passing stats from the two quarterbacks have the Vols ranked 10th in the SEC in terms of passing yards per game and tied for 13th in the conference in passing touchdowns thrown.

    The Vols hired Mike Canales this offseason to be Tennessee’s new quarterbacks coach after not having one on the roster for the previous two seasons. But thus far, Canales’ effect on the Vols’ quarterbacks has yet to be seen if their performances early in this season are any indication.

    Wimberley noted that his algorithm is determined by a touchdown to interception ratio identifier, a metric for yards accounted for and production, and a metric that penalizes players for turnovers.

    Florida’s Feleipe Franks has a score of 2.73, the next lowest besides the Vols’ quarterbacks. Shea Patterson of Ole Miss has the highest score in the SEC according to his algorithm, earning a metric stamp of 13.4 on the season.

    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.