You know the old expression “if you have two quarterbacks, you don’t really have a quarterback“?
There’s a lot of chatter about a QB change. What percentage would you put on Pruitt giving a QB his first career start against this UGA defense?
20%. Pruitt has said consistently he thinks Jarrett Guarantano is the best quarterback on Tennessee’s roster. The problem is, Guarantano is not playing like he practices. That’s frustrating for Pruitt, but I’m not sure most rational people think turning to a freshman against Georgia is the answer to jumpstarting this offense. Neither Brian Maurer nor J.T. Shrout has been effective in his limited relief duty.
Tennessee’s put a new twist on that: if you don’t have any quarterbacks, you don’t really have a quarterback.
Josh has posted a couple of fun advanced stats charts. Here’s one, looking at success rate:
And here’s another, filtered through the Vols’ debacle against Florida.
Advanced stats do not appear to be working in Tennessee’s favor, especially in the ground game. Waiter, bring me an order of manball!
Jim Chaney may not be Lincoln Riley, but he’s a decent, experienced offensive coordinator who’s being well payed to relive his 2016 season with, unfortunately, even less talent. He’s got a quarterback who’s regressed, which is generally not a good thing. And while the strength of the Vols’ offense is at wide receiver, that’s hardly comforting when your quarterback is having a rough year… or when you turn to a freshman as your second choice.
In a team to team comparison, the Dawgs are clearly superior at almost every unit group, but the gap at quarterback is broad enough to make it extremely difficult for me to envision a path to victory for Pruitt’s team, outside of the intervention of our old friend, Mr. Turnover. The problem with that is, against D-1 opponents, Tennessee’s last in the SEC in turnover margin.