According to a report from Chris Low of ESPN, Tennessee’s quarterback situation just became even thinner.
Low cited a source that told him junior quarterback Quinten Dormady will have surgery on his shoulder next week, and that surgery will shut him down for the remainder of the season. Dormady did not travel with the team to Lexington for Tennessee’s match-up with Kentucky this Saturday.
Dormady started the Vols’ first five games of the season, but he was benched late in the third quarter of Tennessee’s 41-0 loss to Georgia in favor of redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano. Ever since then Guarantano has been the starter, and Guarantano is slated to make his third career start this Saturday.
The absence of Dormady for this weekend’s game and moving forward means Tennessee has just two scholarship quarterbacks left on the roster. True freshman Will McBride is the only other scholarship quarterback available for the Vols behind Guarantano. Walk-ons Zac Jancek, Seth Washington, and Brandon Hines are the only other quarterbacks on Tennessee’s roster.
Dormady finished his junior season with 925 passing yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions while completing 55.5 percent of his passes. He was 3-2 as a starter at quarterback for the Vols this season.
UPDATE: Tennessee and head coach Butch Jones have confirmed via a press release that Dormady did not travel with the team and will undergo season-ending surgery on his shoulder.