Predicting who the Tennessee Vols quarterback will be in 2018, while the calendar still says May, is a complete guessing game.
But that didn’t stop Athlon Sports from taking a shot at it.
In Athlon Sports’ annual rankings of college football’s starting quarterbacks, they have Stanford graduate transfer Keller Chryst listed as the Vols’ starter in 2018.
Here’s what Athlon Sports says about Chryst and Tennessee’s quarterback situation.
Jarrett Guarantano finished the spring on a high note, but he will have to compete with Chryst for the No. 1 spot this fall. New coach Jeremy Pruitt landed Chryst as a graduate transfer from Stanford, giving the Volunteers an experienced option to navigate a brutal 2018 schedule.
There’s a solid chance Athlon Sports is correct and Chryst is the Volunteers’ starting quarterback in 2018. But there’s also an equal chance they’re wrong.
UT head coach Jeremy Pruitt said at the conclusion of spring practice that he expects to know who Tennessee’s starting quarterback is “halfway through the fourth quarter” of the Vols’ season opener against West Virginia in Charlotte.
Jeremy Pruitt on QBs: “You look at one day’s work out there, that’s not really a true indication of how spring actually went. We will know who our quarterback is probably when we go to Charlotte about halfway through the fourth quarter.”
— Mike Wilson (@ByMikeWilson) April 21, 2018
That means that either Chryst or Jarrett Guarantano will get the opportunity to start the game under center for Tennessee, but it likely won’t be the only opportunity in the opener.
It sounds like Pruitt won’t hesitate to switch quarterbacks in order to see what he has — which I think would be the right move.
Athlon Sports’ prediction will probably be at least half right. I think Chryst will start for the Vols during the 2018 season.
But I also think Guarantano will start at some point and get his chance as well.
With nearly four months between now and the start of the 2018 season, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will get the call on the Vols’ first offensive series of the year.
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