Tennessee Vols quarterback Jarrett Guarantano is getting in some work in his native New Jersey in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak that has shut down the sports world.

Guarantano, a redshirt senior, is working out with Florida wide receiver Justin Shorter, also a New Jersey native.

Shorter originally signed with Penn State out of high school, but he transferred to Florida in January after two seasons with the Nittany Lions.

It’s encouraging to see players still getting some reps in on the field. It’s unclear if SEC programs will be able to resume spring practice anytime in the near future. On Wednesday, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said only spring games have been canceled, but he wasn’t optimistic that spring practice would resume.

And because spring practice might not happen (aside from the two practices that Tennessee held before everything was put on pause), it means that Guarantano will almost certainly be the starter for the Vols when they open the season against UNC-Charlotte on September 5.

Guarantano was already the favorite to win the job over true freshman Harrison Bailey and sophomores Brian Maurer and JT Shrout. But not having these 13 additional practices in the spring means Tennessee will need Guarantano’s experience to start the 2020 season.

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