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Jeremy Pruitt still waiting for the best guy to emerge in Tennessee’s QB battle

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Another update on the QB race.

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Through a couple weeks of fall camp, there seems to be some growing momentum around quarterback Jarrett Guarantano. The redshirt sophomore quarterback is in the midst of a battle with graduate-transfer Keller Chryst, each trying to assert themselves as the starter before the opener in Charlotte against West Virginia.

Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt isn’t buying into Guarantano’s momentum — publicly, at least. “If you look over all the practices, there’s really nobody that’s kind of separated theirselves yet,” Pruitt said on Sunday after the Vols’ scrimmage at Neyland Stadium.

In an appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show on SEC Network Monday, Pruitt expanded on his thoughts a bit. When asked if he would name a starting quarterback before the opener, Pruitt came back with an interesting response.

“I think the players will have a say in that,” Pruitt said. “I think when somebody kind of asserts theirselves and that’s clearly the best guy, if that’s next week or the week after... Until that happens we’re going to continue to give the guys the same amount of reps and see how we develop from there.”

By most accounts, Guarantano is the closest to asserting himself so far. He led the first team during Sunday’s scrimmage and seems to be taking advantage of the head start he earned over Chryst in the spring. But Pruitt isn’t giving us any clues to the media quite yet.

Pruitt said on Sunday that he was frustrated with the turnovers that came when they put the ball in the air, but didn’t get into any specifics, of course. He again stressed that all four passers would continue to see the same amount of reps for now.

He’s still looking for the guy that’s going to minimize errors. “The thing that I’m looking for is the critical errors,” Pruitt told Finebaum. “There’s the one, two, three or four plays in a game that you just can’t have. All the guys have to minimize those mistakes.”