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Tennessee Football: Vols showing interest in graduate transfer quarterback

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He’s eligible for 2018.

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Jeremy Pruitt and his new staff have a lot of work to do with this roster. They’ll be installing new schemes on both sides of the ball. We’ve talked at length about the defensive side, but what about the offense?

Of course, quarterback remains at the top of the list. You got a look at Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride late in the year, neither of which blew anyone away. Quinten Dormady announced his intention to transfer yesterday, leaving the Vols with limited options in 2018.

Three star quarterback JT Shrout is the only other option on scholarship.

Could offensive coordinator Tyson Helton be trying to add another passer into the mix? According to this article from Yahoo Sports and Pete Thamel, he is.

Thomson will graduate from Wagner, an FCS school on Staten Island, this spring and expects to have two years of college eligibility remaining. He’ll be immediately eligible for the 2018 season. He received his release from Wagner last week, and schools with initial interest in him include Tennessee, FIU, Iowa State and Oregon State.

He said that he’s spoken to Tennessee offensive coordinator Tyson Helton and the Vols have offered a blueshirt. (Essentially, that means he can’t go on paid official visits and is awarded a scholarship on the first day of camp, which counts toward the following year’s recruiting class.)

With uncertainty at the position, adding some competition couldn’t hurt. We also don’t know that anyone on the roster fits what they want to accomplish offensively, outside of Shrout — who they signed.

Alex Thompson has been working with former NFL quarterback Phil Simms, who has high praise for the 6-5, 225 pound passer.

“He can play at any level,” Simms said. “There’s no question. If things fall right [with his college situation], I definitely think he’s a pro prospect. I don’t even have to hesitate to say that.”

Thompson threw for 2,436 yards and 16 touchdowns in the last full year of football that he played, which was in 2016. He threw just five interceptions and completed 57 percent of his passes.

According to Thamel, Thompson has two years of eligibility remaining. He has not set a timetable for his decision.