Redshirt senior Jarrett Guarantano will almost certainly be the Tennessee Vols’ starting quarterback in 2020.
And it’s not just because of the lack of spring practice.
Guarantano has arm talent. He has experience. And he has the trust of his teammates and head coach.
That’s why he’ll likely be the starting quarterback when the 2020 season begins.
The New Jersey native also has the confidence.
Need some proof?
On Monday, I had some fun with a tweet from The Athletic’s David Ubben, in which he previewed his weekly mailbag. Ubben’s tweet asked whether or not the Vols would play 12 games in 2020 (due to the coronavirus).
I quote tweeted Ubben’s tweet and said no, they’ll play in 13 games (obviously suggesting that UT would reach a bowl game).
Guarantano replied to my tweet and simply said “14”.
If the Vols play in 14 games next season, that means they made a trip to Atlanta in early December to play in the SEC Championship game.
Tennessee isn’t the favorite to win the SEC East. Most analysts, so far, have them finishing third, behind Georgia and Florida.
But we’ve seen plenty of pre-season third place teams end up winning the division (in 2015, the media picked Florida to finish fifth and they ended up winning the division).
Now, I’m sure some fans are wondering why Guarantano didn’t say 15 games, which would mean UT reached the national championship game.
I think it’s even more interesting that he said 14. This shows you where his mindset is heading into the season. His goal is to win the SEC East, which is what Tennessee’s goal should be every year.
This is the type of energy the Vols have been lacking in recent years. No one is expecting Tennessee to win the division in 2020.
Except for the folks inside the Vols’ locker room.
This is the new culture that Jeremy Pruitt has created in Knoxville. It’s a culture that’s been missing since Phillip Fulmer stepped down in 2008.
Fans should be excited. Tennessee football is on its way back.
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