Tennessee football podcast: Butch Jones takes up for backup QB Jarrett Guarantano

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Butch Jones cleared the air where redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano is concerned, clearing up any misconceptions that might have been triggered by ESPN’s coverage on Monday night.

Guarantano was shown sitting apart from starting quarterback Quinten Dormady on the sideline during Tennessee’s 42-41 double-overtime victory, and commentator Kirk Herbstreit shared that he felt a backup QB should be more involved and aware of the adjustments during the game,

Jones, however, said the Vols’ sideline policy does not involve backup quarterbacks wearing headsets, and that many schools use “dummy headsets” on their backup QBs during games.

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“We’ve never had our backup quarterbacks on the headsets …. a lot of schools when it shows their quarterbacks are on headsets, those are dummy headsets,” Jones said. “I thought our quarterbacks did a good job with (QB coach) Mike Canales on the sideline, some of the in-game adjustments that we were able to do, and halftime adjustments.”

Jones was pressed about Guarantano’s facial expressions, as the ESPN cameras stayed zoomed in on the talented redshirt freshman as he dealt with the obvious challenge of not being able to contribute to his football team for the first time in many years.

“I can tell you this, Jarrett is a good teammate, he’s always been a good teammate, he’s a competitor and he wants to be in there, but also he has a tremendous amount of respect for everyone in the program and the players,” Jones said. “We want him to be able to compete. We found out in college football after week one, with all the injuries across the country, you’re always one snap away from being in the football game.

“Quinten went through the same thing in his process behind Josh (Dobbs). You’re antsy, you’re ready to play, you have some anxiety, you’re going through every thought in your mind.”

Dormady said it is indeed a difficult time for a quarterback, but he said Guarantano continues to be a good teammate in practice.

“We’re all competitors, and obviously we all want to play, so yeah, I’ve been through it,” Dormady said. “He’s been good as far as in the film room and out at practice, and that’s about all I can say about it.”

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