Former Tennessee QB Named Washington State Starter

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    Jarrett Guarantano

    Former Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

    Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano’s last 32 starts have come while playing for the Big Orange, but that will officially change on Saturday night. Guarantano transferred from Tennessee to Washington State as a graduate transfer last offseason. And on Saturday, Washington State announced that Guarantano will be their starting quarterback against Utah State for the season opener.

    Washington State will host the Utah State Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 11:00 p.m. ET.

    CougFan, Washington State’s 247 affiliate, was the first to report the news on Saturday morning. The original report was that Guarantano, the transfer quarterback from Tennessee, had beat out sophomore Jayden de Laura for the starting job. De Laura started all four of the Cougars games in the shortened 2020 Pac-12 season.

    Jarrett Guarantano played in seven games for Tennessee in 2020. In those seven games, Tennessee’s original season starter threw for 1,112 yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions. In addition, Guarantano completed 62 percent of his passes last year.

    During his four-year career at Tennessee, Guarantano started 32 games and appeared in 41. His best season at Tennessee was in 2019 when Guarantano had his career-high in completions (152), attempts (257), yards (2,158), and touchdowns (16). Although, he also had his career-high in interceptions (8) in 2019.

    Washington State and Jarrett Guaratano will take on Utah State on Saturday night at 11 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Network.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.