It took about a quarter to get rolling, but Tennessee did in fact dominate ETSU as expected. It wasn’t exactly an offensive explosion, however. The Vols needed some help from the defensive side early on to help mask a poor start by the offensive front.
Once the game did get rolling and the offensive line settled in, Tennessee got solid work once again out of their quarterback position. Both Jarrett Guarantano played on Saturday, each delivering big plays for the Vols down the field.
“I thought both quarterbacks played well, played within themselves,” Jeremy Pruitt said after the game on Saturday. “I think it’s important that we’re efficient — and I think we were. We gave up one sack and we took care of the ball. For the most part we stayed in the right plays offensively.”
Guarantano finished the day 8-13 for 154 yards. His big completion came from Marquez Callaway, who won a 50-50 ball inside of the five yard line for a 51 yard gain.
Chryst got a few drives throughout the game, only attempting three passes. He was able to complete each of those attempts, however, including a 50 yard strike down the sideline to Jordan Murphy for a touchdown.
“Those guys are learning and I think they’re developing,” Pruitt said. “They’re gaining confidence in the system that they’re running. I think it was another solid performance by both guys.”
Pruitt said that Chryst’s work was all scripted against ETSU as he attempted to create depth at the position. You can probably expect to see a similar plan next weekend as the UTEP Miners come to town.
The numbers were far from eye-popping in the passing game on Saturday, but you’re seeing dramatic improvements in the efficiency department through two games. This is still very much a run first team, but it’s nice to have some sort of confidence in the quarterback room once again.