Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt sounded pleased with redshirt senior quarterback Jarrett Guarantano last week while speaking with reporters.
“Not only does he know what he’s supposed to do, (but) he has a good understanding for every position on the field,” said Pruitt. “He can coach the guys. He’s doing a nice job taking care of the football, working on his consistency, his footwork, decision-making.”
Pruitt isn’t the only one seeing a difference in Guarantano during fall camp, either.
Quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke sees a more confident player who is working extremely hard to get better every single day.
“This whole pandemic, when it started, I talked to him every single day. There wasn’t a day that I talked to him that he wasn’t doing something to help himself get better. Working out, throwing,” said Weinke on Wednesday during a virtual media session with reporters.
There’s never been any doubt that Guarantano is as tough as they come. And there’s never been any questioning his arm talent.
Guarantano’s problem has been consistency. But he’s been working hard this offseason to become more consistent. And it sounds like it’s starting to pay off.
Weinke says JG is “operating at a high level”.
“You just see him so much faster with his feet, with his decisions. His anticipation, in my opinion, has probably been the brightest spot that I’ve seen from a year ago,” explained Weinke.
“He understands the big picture, he can see it and anticipate things much better now because he’s more comfortable. It’s collectively knowing and understanding and then physically being able to put it together. He’s operating as good as I’ve seen him, since I’ve been here.”
I understand if fans are skeptical that Guarantano can finally turn the corner. I mean, I’m skeptical.
But I also see the hard work that JG has been putting in all offseason. And I see the confidence and belief he has in himself.
Raw talent, hard work, and confidence is a dangerous combination. When you combine those attributes with JG’s second year in Jim Chaney’s offense, I think you have a recipe for success.
Will Guarantano end up reaching his true potential in 2020?
Maybe. Maybe not.
But for now, he’s doing everything right. And that’s all you can ask for in the weeks leading up to the start of the season.
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