Tennessee will wrap up spring practice Saturday with its annual Orange & White spring game in Neyland Stadium.
As has become customary, the scrimmage won’t be much like a game. There will be times where it will have game-like situations, but also expect other aspects to be incorporated like a possible skills competition or two.
Here are some offensive names to know as Tennessee wraps up spring practice:
Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano
Tennessee’s quarterbacks have been quite predictable. Dormady, a junior, has been steady and poised. Guarantano, a redshirt freshman, has shown flashes of talent but still needs to limit his mistakes.
The Vols seem to have two solid options no matter which one starts the season. Don’t expect coach Butch Jones to name a starter anytime soon. He doesn’t have to. It likely will be determined on the 7-on-7 workouts on who will take the field first.
After some surprising (and hasty) departures recently from Tennessee’s receiving corps, the Vols could use some playmakers on the outside. Callaway is a player that can help round out a thin group of receivers. Despite the lack of depth overall at the position, the Vols could field a formidable trio – if Callaway can prove he’s ready to assert himself as a sophomore in 2017.
Junior Jauan Jennings has proven to be a playmaker in key situations. He’s probably the Vols’ most talented receiver. Senior Josh Smith is a known commodity as a slot receiver. With those two, Callaway could make all the difference if he’s a viable third option.
So far, Smith has been all that he was advertised when he came out of high school as ESPN’s No. 1 overall prospect. It would be a surprise if Smith wasn’t a starter this season as a freshman. He’s that talented.
Smith has benefited while former starters Chance Hall and Brett Kendrick have been sidelined during spring practice while injured. Nevertheless, Smith has shown enough to believe he can be an impact player in the very near future.
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