According to the man himself, quarterback Quinten Dormady has opted to transfer from the University of Tennessee.
— Quinten Dormady (@qdormady) January 15, 2018
Well, that was fast.
It seemed like only yesterday Dormady was tossing up ducks to Marquez Callaway against Georgia Tech, or throwing interceptions on the first play in a 41-0 home loss to Georgia.
Dormady, thanks for the memories.
In all seriousness, this divorce was long overdue. Potentially one year overdue. Potentially three. Honestly, why did this marriage ever transpire?
Dormady never fit into Butch Jones’ offensive philosophy, which predicates itself on featuring a quarterback who can run the read option. Dormady technically ran the read option, except it really wasn’t a read-option offense. It was a mirage where Dormady’s only read was to hand the ball off.
The results were less than satisfactory. Dormady only completed around 55 percent of his passes and threw six touchdowns to six interceptions. In the SEC, or any Power 5 conference for that matter, those numbers won’t cut it.
In addition, Tennessee recently went through a coaching change — perhaps you heard about it? If Jeremy Pruitt learned anything from Nick Saban on the offensive side of the ball, it’s that running the spread is almost necessary for a modern college football offense, especially in the SEC. So, more than likely, the read option isn’t leaving Knoxville anytime soon.
Dormady’s decision to transfer is not only the correct career move for him, but it helps clear up Tennessee’s quarterback picture. What it does is make the following crystal clear — Jarrett Guarantano is the quarterback of the future on Rocky Top.
Although Will McBride provided flashes of promise during his limited time as the starting quarterback last season, he isn’t the answer at the game’s most important position. And although Guarantano has plenty to work on as a pocket passer, entering the season as the sure-fire starter hurts nobody. Guarantano will have the confidence knowing that the job is his, and the offense will have a level of continuity it severely lacked throughout 2017.
It also gives Pruitt and his staff time to focus squarely on the areas Guarantano must improve in, which includes pocket awareness, being quicker in his reads, and appropriately balancing out his dual-threat capabilities.
Ultimately, Dormady’s tenure at Knoxville will only be remembered if he finds success elsewhere, which appears likely. Remember Nathan Peterman? Riley Fergeson?
But that’s irrelevant. All that matters now is Jarrett Guarantano and Team 122.