Jarrett Guarantano Remains Vols Starting Quarterback


The Vols held a scrimmage Sunday night, mainly for the guys who haven’t played much this year. Freshman Harrison Bailey took all the snaps at quarterback, but don’t look for him to start Saturday against Kentucky.

Head coach Jeremy Pruitt says Jarrett Guarantano remains the starter. J-G had two touchdown passes in the first half against Georgia, but he had three turnovers in the second half that led to 13 points for the Bulldogs as Tennessee dropped a 44-21 decision in Athens.

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Said Pruitt:”You know offensively our struggles Saturday were not because of one independent person. It was a team effort. We understand that. Starts with us as coaches to put our guys in better position to have success. Then from a players standpoint. We’ve got to own it. We’ve got to do a better job of executing.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.