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Final Thoughts from Tennessee’s Loss to Florida


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Here’s what I charted for Jarrett Guarantano during the game:

Good throws: 13 throws on 18 attempts

Bad throws: 5 throws on 5 incompletions

Shots downfield: 2-for-7, 87 yards

In shotgun: 35 times

Under center: 15 times

Dumped off to the running back: Once

Play-action: 5 times

Had good protection: 14 times

Passing on third down: 3-for-6, 60 yards, fumble

Passing against the blitz: 4-for-6, 111 yards, fumble (also picked up a first down with his legs on a 6-yard rush)

QB draws: 3

On Guarantano’s shots downfield, 2-for-7 doesn’t look good, but he didn’t receive much help and a couple of pass interferences made it look worse than what it was. After completions to Marquez Callaway and Austin Pope, Guarantano didn’t complete his final five deep shots.

The incompletions were as follows: good throw but receiver couldn’t make a play, pass interference, pass interference, interception, Josh Palmer drop.

Guarantano continues to show nice touch on his deep passes. Even on his incompletions this year, he’s placing the football to where his receiver can go up and make a play. He did get greedy on the interception, though, trying to force it into double coverage.

Even on Guarantano’s third down throws, the sophomore didn’t receive much help. Three of his attempts fell incomplete, but one was a drop, and pass interference should have been called against Florida on another.

Florida didn’t bring as much heat as I thought it would, but that’s largely due to the fact that it was capable of producing pressure with a simple four-man rush. As a result, Guarantano took eight hits on the night, six of them coming in the first half and three knocking him out of the game for at least one play.

Here’s the pass-rush Guarantano faced:

Three-man rush: 1

Four-man rush: 40

Five-man rush: 20

Six-man rush: 12

Seven-man rush: 4

The stats don’t indicate it, but Guarantano continues to perform well when provided the time and opportunity. He was just 7-for-18 in the game, completing 38 percent of his passes, but his true completion percentage was 72 percent when you consider drops and missed pass interference calls. Guarantano is not the problem on offense, and those clamoring for Keller Chryst continue to look silly.

Those who think Chryst has been bad look silly as well, though. When in the game, he’s not asked to do a lot. Chryst has attempted 13 passes on the season, and seven came against Florida. On four of his incompletions, pass interference was called on two of them. We just don’t have a big enough sample size to determine just how well Chryst could perform in this offense.

Here’s what I charted for the Stanford grad transfer:

Good throws: 5 throws on 9 attempts

Bad throws: Four throws on 9

Took a deep-shot downfield: 0-for-1 (pass interference was called on the play)

In shotgun: 20 times

Under center: 10 times

Dumped off to the running back: None

Play-action: 2 times

Had good protection: 7 times

Passing on third down: 2-for-4, 36 yards

Passing against the blitz: 2-for-6, 36 yards

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