Plenty of Tennessee Vols fans have been clamoring for a quarterback change after watching UT drop three of their first five games this season.
That change, however, is unlikely to happen this week.
Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt didn’t explicitly say it on Monday, but his thought process certainly seems to indicate that Jarrett Guarantano will be the starting quarterback when Tennessee takes on Arkansas this weekend.
Pruitt made it a point on Monday to talk about turnovers — specifically eliminating turnovers as much as possible. The third-year Vols head coach believes that’s the key to unlocking more wins for Tennessee.
Pruitt: The three games that we’re in the red in turnover margin, we’ve lost. The two games we were in the positives, we’ve won. And it’s kind of that way across the conference. We can’t turn the ball over.
— GoVols247 (@GoVols247) November 2, 2020
It’s no secret that Pruitt believes JG is the best quarterback on the roster (at this point) at limiting turnovers.
Because of what Pruitt said on Monday, I think it’s safe to surmise that he isn’t going to make a quarterback change hoping that it will give Tennessee a “spark”.
Pruitt’s thought process is simple — limit turnovers and everything else will fall into place.
Now, whether or not that’s a good philosophy is another debate. At some point, the Vols have to be aggressive on offense and put pressure on opposing defenses to win games. With that kind of approach, though, turnovers are going to happen.
Pruitt, however, hasn’t given us any indication that any amount of turnovers are acceptable. Which is why it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Guarantano, a redshirt senior, starting against Arkansas.
Looks like another week of JG debate for all of us.
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