As we enter the final stretch of the 2019 season, the Tennessee Vols are dealing with some injury issues — specifically at quarterback.

True freshman Brian Maurer, who started against Mississippi State and Alabama, missed the Vols’ victory against South Carolina due to a concussion.

Redshirt freshman JT Shrout and redshirt junior Jarrett Guarantano (along with wide receiver Jauan Jennings) filled in at quarterback with Maurer out.

In the process, however, Guarantano suffered an injury to his non-throwing hand. The New Jersey native underwent surgery after the game and had a screw inserted into his hand.

While that doesn’t sound good, it doesn’t appear that the injury is going to sideline Guarantano. Pruitt told reporters on Monday that Guarantano will be “ready to go” this week (though he won’t practice on Monday).

Maurer will also be ready to go this week.

This is obviously great news for Tennessee. The Vols still have a chance to finish the season with a 7-5 record. But for that to happen, they’ll likely need all three of their quarterbacks healthy.

Pruitt would be wise to play all three quarterbacks against UAB. It actually sounds like he’d prefer to play all three anyway.

It certainly worked against South Carolina, so I wouldn’t blame Pruitt for trying it against UAB.

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