Jarrett Guarantano’s Tennessee career has been anything but easy. As a redshirt freshman, he was thrown into the fire in Butch Jones’ final season — playing behind the worst offensive line in recent memory. Guarantano moved forward with his third offensive coordinator in three years when Jeremy Pruitt arrived, struggling through another season with another poor offensive line.
Finally as a junior, Guarantano had a chance to put it all together. Armed with two senior weapons on the outside, two new five-star tackles and new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney — his fourth in four seasons — he never had a better chance to succeed.
But it just didn’t happen. Guarantano struggled through the first four games before being benched. Brian Maurer took over, but Guarantano would be needed again before long. After Maurer suffered two consecutive concussions, Guarantano’s number was called again.
While he wasn’t exactly spectacular, Guarantano was Tennessee’s clear-cut best option down the stretch. Starting all of the final games, Tennessee ripped off six wins in a row to save the season.
Still though, after the season many speculated that he may move on. It’s been a trying career for him and he would have opportunities elsewhere if he wanted them, especially with four-star Harrison Bailey now in town.
But Guarantano is going to stick it out. He tweeted a graphic reading “unfinished business” on Tuesday night, also reading “senior year.”
So Guarantano is officially set to return, and the quarterback battle is sure to be ultra-competitive. Not only is Bailey a part of the equation, but Brian Maurer will be a year wiser as a sophomore. Tennessee will also get a chance to see what they’ve got in Maryland transfer Kasim Hill, while sophomore JT Shrout is also still in the picture.