The Tennessee Volunteers got back in the win column last Saturday night against Southern Miss, but a rash of injuries have made the roster situation a little dicey for Butch Jones. On Wednesday, Jones gave us some updates on the health of his quarterback.
“Not much has changed (from Monday),” Jones noted. He said that quarterback Jarrett Guarantano is “probable” for Saturday’s game against Missouri. He exited the game just before halftime against Southern Miss, giving way to true freshman Will McBride.
Jones said that just because Guarantano is likely to play, don’t rule out seeing more of McBride. The Tennessee head coach was asked if there was a chance that McBride could still see some action. Jones responded, “yes there is.”
McBride was just 1-8 for 13 yards in his playing time against Southern Miss. He was asked to execute a fairly conservative offense as the Vols just tried to sit on the ball and get away without too many more injuries.
“You know how some individuals just have... it? (McBride) has an it with his personality. He’s got the same temperament and disposition every day. He’s never too high or too low, he’s very poised. Even when it was time for him to go into the game last week, he doesn’t get his blood pressure up,” Jones said.
McBride was a late flip in December last year, leaving his commitment to Memphis to enroll early at Tennessee. Jones admitted that the Vols got in late on McBride, but “needed a quarterback.” Butch was certainly correct there.
With Guarantano’s injury lingering, it sounds like McBride isn’t finished playing in the 2017 season.