KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee quarterback room is a crowded one this spring. Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt met with the media after Tuesday's first spring practice and mentioned six different quarterbacks after being asked about the position. While he didn't name a starter, he did talk highly of a familiar fifth year senior.
Pruitt sang the praises of his most experienced quarterback, Jarrett Guarantano.
"I think Jarrett's played a lot of ball, right? If you look over the last half of the year, Jarrett done a lot of really good things to help us win football games", said Pruitt.
Pruitt would go on to praise quarterbacks Brian Maurer and J.T. Shrout for their efforts in assisting in the Vols' success in 2019 as well. While those three quarterbacks were all available to play last season, Tennessee has added even more depth this spring.
Redshirt junior Kasim Hill is also a very experienced power five quarterback. Hill spent two seasons at Maryland. After sustaining an injury early in his freshman campaign, Hill started the first 10 games in 2018 before getting hurt again. If quality experience is what you're looking for, it's important to note that as a starter in 2018, Hill led his team to a victory over a top 25 ranked Texas team.
Freshman quarterback Harrison Bailey comes in with perhaps the most hoopla of anyone in this year's signing class. As one of the highest-rated quarterbacks in 2020 signing class, there are certainly high expectations for Bailey's career at UT. While Bailey extremely gifted, he is a freshman and will certainly be playing catch up in comparison to other players who have spent a year in offensive coordinator Jim Chaney's system already.
Jimmy Calloway is another freshman who is spending time with the quarterbacks. He's a talented athlete who can be a threat with his legs. Many people have made note that Calloway might eventually make his way to receiver, but as of now he's taking part in the quarterback battle as well.