Where Tennessee quarterback situation stands month before spring practice

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I detailed the first question a few days ago, and I invite all of you to check that out here.

The quarterback position is a hard one to predict at this point. Tennessee is switching to a pro-style offense with two spread quarterbacks currently on the roster.

The presumed starter by most, redshirt sophomore Jarrett Guarantano was one of the best dual-threat prospects coming out of high school. He has spent almost no time under center which will be used much more often moving forward.

Guarantano played in nine games last season and threw for 997 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He had trouble holding onto the ball too long and letting the pressure get to him.

There is room to grow, but he throws a great deep ball which is what offensive coordinator Tyson Helton has said is important to the new offense.

Sophomore Will McBride played in only two games this past season and started only against Missouri. This is the game that gives the McBride supporters hope.

At halftime, he actually had a higher quarterback rating than Drew Locke. He finished the game with 139 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Not the most impressive stat line, but watching the game would give a different story. The offense actually showed signs of life with McBride at quarterback.

A starter might become clearer after spring practices which begin in the middle of March. Both will have to show they can operate a slowed-down under center offense. It might come down to who the team responds better to and who doesn’t turn the ball over in spring and fall practice.

As far as a prediction goes, I would actually lean a little more towards McBride contingent on his ability to learn the new offense. I was impressed with how the offense moved with him at the helm against Missouri. It also felt as though the team responded better with him in the huddle.

There is still a chance the coaching staff could bring in a quarterback graduate transfer, too. The coaching staff has already looked at some options on that route.

The quarterback position will be one of the more interesting position battles to watch heading into the 2018 season.

For answers to prior Tennessee Questions of the Day,  click here .

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