Simonton: Guarantano Becoming More Comfortable In New Offense

Vols QB Jarrett Guarantano / Credit: UT Athletics

By Josh Ward

One bright spot from the first two weeks of Tennessee’s spring football practice appears to be quarterback Jarrett Guarantano.

The redshirt sophomore is bigger (up 18 pounds since Dec. 1, per Guarantano) than he was last fall, and he’s looked good overall throwing the football during open viewing periods of spring practice.

Jesse Simonton of joined Sports 180 on Monday and pointed to Guarantano’s performance at Tennessee’s most recent practice.

“I thought that Guarantano probably had his sharpest practice of the spring on Saturday,” Simonton said. “Maybe that was a combination of the fact that Keller Chryst, the guy who’s going to be coming in to compete for the job, has been watching over his shoulder this whole week.”

Chryst used his final quarter break at Stanford last week to visit Tennessee so that he could watch practice and sit in on team meetings, according to Simonton.

In the meantime, Guarantano has continued to make strides under Tennessee’s new staff.

“I think we’re slowly seeing JG kind of grow more comfortable in this new offense,” Simonton said.

Listen to our conversation with Jesse Simonton below as he talks more about Guarantano’s fit in Tennessee’s new offense, the status of Tennessee’s offensive line and potential playmakers on offense.