KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s Butch Jones is fine-tuning like never before, likley because he has his best coaching staff in his 11 years as a head football coach.
With four former head coaches on his staff — Bob Shoop, Brady Hoke, Larry Scott and Mike Canales — Jones can delegate like other elite coaches and zoom in on the details.
Jones was talking about such winning edges Tuesday when asked about the Vols’ quarterback situation.
“What I see is constant improvement each day,” said Jones, who with Shoop and Hoke overseeing the defense can focus most of his attention on the offense. “I see both of those individuals getting better with repetitions, everything is scripted out with their reps, and I see both getting better and gaining confidence as well.”
Jones, Scott and Canales deserve credit for keeping the quarterback dual a competition and not letting it evolve into a controversy.
The Vols’ quarterback situation is downright comfortable, with junior Quinten Dormady the obvious leader, redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano an obvious talent, and Jones all but saying both will play.
Dormady is the logical choice because he’s more mature and has shown he can manage the offense better, but Guarantano possesses the sort of charisma and natural leadership skills that he could provide a spark when given the opportunity.
Jones was asked following Tuesday’s practice what he’s seen out of Dormady, and he didn’t hesitate to answer.
“Consistency,” Jones said. “I see him getting better and better, more comfortable being more vocal, we’ve challenged in terms of the overall command of the offense, and same thing with Jarrett. How we de command the line of scrimmage, our voice inflection, controlling the different looks and different audibles, and getting us into the right plays.”
Jones, as offensive line coach Walt Wells once said, doesn’t miss anything on the practice field.
Attention to detail and thoroughness are two of Jones’ better traits, along with his resilience and non-stop positive pushes.
Jones is insisting his quarterbacks carry themselves with the same traits that made Josh Dobbs one of the greatest quarterbacks in Tennessee history.
“It’s the body language after you make a play, whether it’s good, bad or indifferent, having a snap and clear mentality,” Jones said. “So much goes into playing the quarterback position, from a skillset standpoint, but also, from a mentality standpoint, as well.”
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