It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Tennessee Vols quarterback Jarrett Guarantano.

After an 0-2 start, there have been a lot of folks (including myself) calling for Guarantano to be benched.

Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt, however, didn’t cave to the cries from the masses, instead he showed confidence in Guarantano by reaffirming his stance that the redshirt junior is Tennessee’s starting quarterback moving forward.

Guarantano didn’t let Pruitt down in week three, leading the Vols to a 45-0 win against Chattanooga.

And sure, that’s what Tennessee was supposed to do against the Mocs. But it’s also what they were supposed to do in week one. And they were supposed to win in week two.

But what’s supposed to happen doesn’t always happen.

So it was a good sign for Guarantano that he didn’t let the outside noise affect him this week. He went out and played well against Chattanooga, completing seven of his eight passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns, including a beautiful deep touchdown pass to Marquez Callaway.

That’s more along the lines of what Tennessee fans expected to see this season.

And I get that it’s easy to shrug your shoulders at a deep touchdown pass against Chattanooga. But fans shouldn’t. It was a great pass from Guarantano. It’s a throw he wasn’t making during the first couple of weeks of the season.

After the game, Guarantano told reporters that his confidence has never wavered despite the tough start to the season.

That’s a good sign for the Vols moving forward, because unless an injury occurs, Guarantano is the guy for UT.

No one has a perfect career when it comes to football. Guarantano has struggled, and while I still think he has a lot of room to improve, it’s clear that for now he is the best option for Tennessee.

If Gurantano had lost his confidence during Tennessee’s 0-2 start, it could’ve been even more disastrous for the Volunteers.

But fortunately for UT, Guarantano has the right demeanor to be a successful quarterback.

Now he just has to put it all together.

Featured image via Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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