If you thought Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt was going to hand Jarrett Guarantano the starting quarterback job this spring, well you were wrong.

Pruitt made it clear on Tuesday that the competition for Tennessee’s starting quarterback job is wide open this spring.

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Without Guarantano, the Vols probably don’t win eight games last season. But if Guarantano had played better last season, Tennessee probably wins 10 games.

Keeping the competition open accomplishes two things:

  1. It guarantees the best quarterback will win the job.
  2. It will keep Guarantano motivated to play better (he seems to play better with his back against the wall).

Pruitt’s approach to the quarterback battle is much different than it was a year ago (when there was no doubt that Guarantano would start). And that’s likely because of the arrival of Harrison Bailey.

Brian Maurer and JT Shrout didn’t look like starting quarterbacks last season. If Bailey wasn’t in the picture, Pruitt’s tone would probably be a bit different this spring.

Either way, it’s obvious that Pruitt is taking the right approach.

Featured image via Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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