Former Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano is on the verge of getting his chance in the NFL.
Denver quarterback Russell Wilson is questionable for the Broncos’ as they prepare to face the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. Brett Rypien is Wilson’s back up but if the former Seahawks quarterback can not go, Guarantano will be the new back up quarterback.
“He has some really good intangibles,” Denver coach Nathaniel Hackett said. “His ability to throw the football is very good. He has good athleticism. Up to this point, he’s picked it up really well.”
Guarantano is currently the Denver practice squad quarterback after having a strong preseason with, ironically, the Arizona Cardinals.
Wilson is still in concussion protocol after suffering a concussion in last week’s loss against the Kansas City Chiefs. The loss officially eliminated the Broncos from playoff consideration.
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Guarantano spent four seasons at Tennessee, starting the final two and a half years. The New Jersey native threw for 6,174 yards, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in his time in Knoxville.
The former highly touted recruit’s best season at Tennessee was 2019. Despite losses against Georgia State and BYU, Guarantano helped the Vols regain their footing. Guarantano threw for 2,158 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions as the Vols went 8-5.
After four years in Knoxville, Guarantano transferred to Washington State for his final collegiate season. Guarantano was the off-and-on starter in his lone season in Pullman, throwing for 304 yards, one touchdown and three interception.
The Broncos and Cardinals tip-off at 4:05 p.m. ET Sunday. FOX is broadcasting the game.