Tennessee Vols quarterback Jarrett Guarantano hasn’t had an easy few years on Rocky Top.
Guarantano has endured numerous coaching changes (he’s on his fourth offensive coordinator and fourth quarterbacks coach in four seasons) during his time in Knoxville. That’s not a recipe for success for any young quarterback.
But that hasn’t stopped Guarantano from setting a high goal for himself. He told reporters on Sunday at Neyland Stadium that he wants to be the “best quarterback in the country” and he wants to “win a lot of games”.
— Marshall Hughes (@marshallhughes) August 4, 2019
So how is Guarantano going to reach his goals?
According to WATE, the former top 100 recruit spent time during the offseason studying film on quarterbacks like Deshaun Watson, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. He also watched film of his peers, including Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm and Trevor Lawrence.
That makes sense. If you want to be great, you might as well study those who are already great (or at least on their way to being great).
Guarantano’s drive, combined with the expertise of new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney (and new quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke) should set the redshirt junior quarterback up for success in 2019.
Will he be the best quarterback in the country?
That’s doubtful. I can’t see him lapping the field.
But there’s no doubt that Guarantano can become one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC with the hard work and film study he’s put in this offseason.
If that happens, then a seven or eight win season is certainly within reach for the Vols.
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