Fall camp is officially over. Let us all take a moment to rejoice in the fact that as of Saturday, we will officially be kicking off the 2019 University of Tennessee Vols Football season. While I have tried my best to hold you over with this article series, I know we can all agree that we are glad the pre-season is over and the regular season and its associated content are both right around the corner. So far, we have looked at 5 returning Vols players that will be vital to U.T.’s success this upcoming season; Emmit Gooden (Continues to pour one out), Ty Chandler, Josh Palmer, Daniel Bituli, and Nigel Warrior. Links to those articles are below:

Now lets close out the “Give (them) six” series with a closer look at the man that I believe is not only the most important returning Vol, but also the one that I believe is poised to have the biggest breakout season.  Let’s talk Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano.

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QB1’s Profile

Name:  Jarrett Guarantano
Position: Quarterback
Class: Junior (RS)
Hometown: Lodi, New Jersey
Height/Weight: 6’4″/213 lbs.

The Sophomore Season

After finishing his Redshirt Freshman season (2017) as the starter for the last handful of games, JG entered 2018 with the starting job. Guarantano started all 12 games during the Vols 2018 5-7 campaign. He threw for 1,907 yards with 12 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. Also, while his completion percentage stayed high at 62%, his yards per game average was one of the lowest in the conference at 158.9 (these numbers aren’t exactly jumping off the page at anyone as impressive.) However, while I didn’t find an exact number, I would imagine that Guarantano did lead the SEC in one category; hits taken. He continued to show toughness, which has almost become a buzz-word when talking about Jarrett.

The Talk

Reviews have been and remain mixed for Guarantano. While many people are quick to point to his lack of production in 2018 and say that he is not the man for the job, there is a large contingent of analysts and spectators who are very high on Jarrett going into 2019. Most of that is due to the fact that Jim Chaney will be calling the plays this year, as well as the reports coming out that the offensive line appears to be less… well, terrible… than the 2018 version.
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While plenty of sites and organizations have put out some obscure statistics that make JG look like the next Peyton on paper, the fact remains that his performance is not going to be considered good enough until he leads us to a winning season with a post-season appearance. I for one am in JG’s corner. I believe that with a new OC and an Offensive Line that might just give him a heart-beat longer to throw the ball, Jarrett may really have a break out season.
Guarantano has all the tools needed to be a legitimate U.T. and SEC Quarterback from a physical and athletic standpoint. He has the attitude (now). What many people saw last year, which I will agree was a cause-for-pause, was the inability to completely assess a defense, as well as identify a blitz. I believe that with this off-season’s opportunity to mature and improve, we will see much less of that rearing its head in 2019.

The Outlook

I look for JG to throw for more than 2,500 yards this year, and tally around 20 touchdowns through the air. His completion percentage may dip a couple of points/remain steady, and this is due to the notion he will be throwing the ball more. He will consistently be a 3+:1 TD:INT ratio guy. What we all as Vol fans have to be most concerned about is how many hits he will take. While, as I mentioned earlier, toughness is a word used by seemingly everyone to describe Jarrett, each hit he takes is another chance for a major injury to occur. With absolutely nothing proven by the QBs behind him on the depth chart, that isn’t a situation U.T. can afford.
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I feel more confident saying this about him than any other player on the team; the 2019 Vols will go as Jarrett Guarantano goes. However, I also say that while at the same time thinking he will have a good season. Don’t be surprised if at the end of the 2019 season there is some buzz on The Hill about number 2 heading to the draft a year early. I am looking for either a 7-5 or an 8-4 season with JG silencing many of his critics.

The Extra Point

Like many players, Jarrett Guarantano comes from a football family. His father, James, is a former All-American Wide Receiver from Rutgers who later played in the NFL (San Diego Chargers) and the CFL (Baltimore Stallions). His name is still etched in the Rutgers record books, and he is enshrined into their Hall of Fame

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The End

Thank you for reading this article series, or just this article alone. I can only speak for myself, but it may have actually made this off-season seem shorter! Be sure to keep looking for more Vol content from myself and the other great writers at More Important Issues! Go Vols!

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My name is Dakota Robertson, and I cover the Tennessee Volunteers. I am a fourth-year medical student, and a lifelong East Tennessee resident. I have a wonderful wife (Lauren), beautiful daughter (Everly), and the best dog in the known universe (James Taylor). I have been a U.T. fan since the beginning, and still get chills when I hear John Ward. I believe Pat Summitt’s stare could have ended or prevented several wars and conflicts, and that Fulmer is the greatest coach in the history of football. I mostly concern myself with football, basketball, and baseball, but will become the biggest fan of any sport for a few hours if the Big Orange is involved. I hope you enjoy what content I put out, and be sure to tip your waiter/waitress. Excited to have you come #TakeASeat with me! Go Vols!
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Content Creator at Armchair Tennessee , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
My name is Dakota Robertson, and I cover the Tennessee Volunteers. I am a fourth-year medical student, and a lifelong East Tennessee resident. I have a wonderful wife (Lauren), beautiful daughter (Everly), and the best dog in the known universe (James Taylor). I have been a U.T. fan since the beginning, and still get chills when I hear John Ward. I believe Pat Summitt’s stare could have ended or prevented several wars and conflicts, and that Fulmer is the greatest coach in the history of football. I mostly concern myself with football, basketball, and baseball, but will become the biggest fan of any sport for a few hours if the Big Orange is involved. I hope you enjoy what content I put out, and be sure to tip your waiter/waitress. Excited to have you come #TakeASeat with me! Go Vols!

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