Practice Notes: Update on Brian Maurer, Vols’ Other QBs

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    All of the conversation regarding Tennessee football this week has centered around the Vols’ quarterback situation. Freshman Brian Maurer suffered his second consecutive concussion against Alabama on Saturday, and redshirt junior Jarrett Guarantano didn’t have his greatest moment filling in for the young signal caller.

    Because of that, who Tennessee’s starting quarterback will be against South Carolina is now up in the air.

    During Tuesday’s practice, Maurer was dressed out and participating in drills during the open portion of practice. While the freshman was dressed out, he didn’t receive as many reps as he has been in recent practices. Both redshirt freshman JT Shrout and Guarantano took the majority of the reps, with Shrout usually being the first in line ahead of Guarantano.

    Shrout and Maurer had a pretty good couple of minutes throwing the football. Guarantano did not.

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    Along the offensive line, the first team unit during drills consisted of Wanya Morris at left tackle, Trey Smith at left guard, Brandon Kennedy at center, Jerome Carvin at right guard, and Darnell Wright at right tackle.

    As for the defensive line, the first team unit was some mix of Aubrey Solomon, Matthew Butler, Greg Emerson, John Mincey, and Darrel Middleton. Junior LaTrell Bumphus worked off to the side with the strength and conditioning staff.

    Tennessee will hit the practice field again on Wednesday afternoon. Head coach Jeremy Pruitt is scheduled to speak with the media following practice.