Stock Up: Jarrett Guarantano
When Tennessee landed Keller Chryst as a grad transfer from Stanford, a lot of people assumed that he was going to come in and win the starting quarterback job for Tennessee. I was one of those people. But Jarrett Guarantano has proven me and those other doubters wrong.
Guarantano has shown his competitive nature this year by going out, gaining muscle, working on his craft, and not giving up despite a lot of people doubting him. He’s looked like the better quarterback this fall, and he looks more comfortable and more decisive in the pocket than he did at any point in 2017.
The redshirt sophomore has worked on his touch passes, improved his consistency, and has a great arm. He still needs to work on his consistency on his throws, but it’s better than it was at this time last year. And he looks bigger and more confident in himself.
Give credit to Guarantano. He could’ve phoned it in, decided he wasn’t cut out for the starting job at Tennessee, and transferred. But he stuck with it, and it looks like he’s going to be the Vols’ starting quarterback for Week 1.