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Pruitt undecided on starting quarterback for Saturday against Alabama

A change of tune?

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After a brutal showing against Kentucky, Tennessee’s quarterback position is as open as it ever has been. Jarrett Guarantano delivered two pick sixes against the Wildcats, along with a lost fumble. That’s in addition to his three turnovers against Georgia.

Backup J.T. Shrout came in and threw a pick of his own, while freshman Harrison Bailey got mop-up duty late. And now the Volunteers get to play Alabama.

So who will it be starting for Tennessee? On Monday, Pruitt sounded like he may be leaning towards Guarantano again, but today on the SEC Teleconference, he sounded more undecided.

“We’ve repped several guys, and we’ll continue to do that as the week goes,” Pruitt told reporters. “As we get closer we’ll probably narrow it down to who exactly will be healthy enough and who’s ready to play.”

Tennessee will practice this afternoon and Pruitt is set to speak with local media again, so perhaps we’ll have more answers then.

Harrison Bailey and Brian Maurer were forced to quarantine during parts fall camp, which pushed the race into Shrout and Guarantano’s favor. However, now with the offense struggling and Jeremy Pruitt suddenly feeling a little pressure, change could be on the way.

Both Maurer and Bailey have been handling snaps during Sunday scrimmages in an attempt from Pruitt to catch both players up.

We’ll see if Pruitt gives us any sort of information ahead of Saturday.