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One analyst believes Tennessee’s quarterback battle has already been decided

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Is it over?

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

For the second season in a row, Tennessee is trying to find their quarterback in fall camp. Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt has maintained that it’s still a four man battle for the job, but those that have been around during practices are singing a different tune.

Jarrett Guarantano seems like he has taken control of this race. His head start learning the offense in the spring was always going to put him ahead of grad-transfer Keller Chryst to start, but the former Stanford quarterback has failed to close the gap on Guarantano to this point.

Austin Price of Volquest.com said on the Midday 180 yesterday that he doesn’t even think the battle is all that close, despite what Pruitt says. He thinks Guarantano is the runaway favorite to be named the starter.

“I think this is Jarrett Guarantano’s show,” Price said. “I’ve continued to maintain that. I think the only way he’s not the starter is if there’s an injury of some sort.”

That’s a strong take from Price, but it backs up all the chatter we’ve seen on Guarantano. The redshirt sophomore passer looked like a different player during the spring game, which was our first look at him with under the direction of the new staff. I saw a more confident player that looked a little more comfortable playing out of the pocket and pushing the ball down the field.

Chryst’s experience remains an asset for the Vols, but Tennessee fans have to be encouraged by Guarantano and the progress that he’s made this offseason. It’s increasingly obvious that he will be the man under center for Tennessee in Charlotte on September 1st.