Tennessee Vols quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke spoke to reporters on Wednesday and he had some high praise for one of UT’s young signal-callers.

Weinke discussed all of the quarterbacks on Wednesday and had positive things to say about the group as a whole. But it was his praise directed toward redshirt sophomore JT Shrout that really stood out.

“J.T. can make all the throws. He throws it as good as a lot of guys I’ve been around,” said Weinke. “I think his familiarity with the offense is allowing him to operate at a much faster pace right now”.

The third-year Vols assistant added, “J.T. is a guy that works his tail off. He studies the game. He spends extra time in here watching film. It’s important to him and that’s evident. You see that every day from this young man.”

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For now, Weinke isn’t ready to say who the primary backup quarterback will be for Tennessee in 2020.

“We’re too early on to say where they fall in the pecking order…It’s a process that’s taking place currently and I can’t put my finger on a date necessarily that we’re going to decide who’s the guy,” explained Weinke.

The assumption heading into the season was that true freshman Harrison Bailey or sophomore Brian Maurer would be the backup to redshirt senior Jarrett Guarantano.

But based on reports from fall camp (which are limited, due to no media at practices), it sounds like Shrout might be the quarterback that’s stepped up the most.

Bailey’s missed time during fall camp (due to quarantine), combined with Maurer’s inconsistency, has left the door open for Shrout.

And it certainly appears that Shrout has made the most of his opportunity this fall.

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