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Butch Jones says Tennessee QB job still open despite change on depth chart

Quinten Dormady
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Tennessee coach Butch Jones says the Volunteers’ quarterback competition remains open, even if the team’s official depth chart says otherwise.

During his Monday news conference, Jones said redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano would still be evaluated for the job despite an updated depth chart now listing junior Quinten Dormady as the lone starter.

“We’ll continue to compete throughout the week of preparation and see what happens,” Jones told reporters.

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For the first two depth charts of the season released ahead of each of the Vols’ first two games, Dormady and Guarantano were listed as co-starters at the position, with Dormady starting in both.

Dormady went 20 of 37 for 221 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee’s 42-41 double-overtime win against Georgia Tech in the season opener. On Saturday, he went 13 of 18 for 194 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a 42-7 win over Indiana State before making way for Guarantano to play.

Guarantano, in his debut against the Sycamores, threw for 41 yards and one touchdown on 4 of 12 passing. He did not play at quarterback against Georgia Tech.

Tennessee is scheduled to play at Florida this Saturday, though it’s possible the game could be moved to a different location or rescheduled to another date because of Hurricane Irma.

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