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Jeremy Pruitt noncommittal on starting quarterback decision for Saturday

NCAA Football: Brigham Young at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Will a 2-4 record and virtually no signs of improvement offensively finally be enough for Jeremy Pruitt to make a change under center? Really for the first time all season, it sounds like Jeremy Pruitt is at least considering it.

Jarrett Guarantano has been the starter all season, despite plenty of struggles. However, Guarantano left the game against Arkansas two weeks ago, forcing Pruitt to go to Brian Maurer and Harrison Bailey. Bailey ended up replacing Maurer in the fourth quarter.

Guarantano’s status for the Auburn matchup on Saturday is still unknown, and Pruitt plans on keeping it that way.

“Well, I’m going to wait and let that show itself on Saturday, you know,” Pruitt said on Wednesday. “With Jarrett going down at the last game and obviously being out, we worked a lot of guys. I don’t think it does us an advantage to tell Auburn who we’re going to play at quarterback.”

Pruitt noted that Guarantano returned to practice on Monday. He also noted the added reps for the young quarterbacks, singling out Bailey.

“I thought we put three really good consecutive practices together,” Pruitt said on Monday. “Harrison Bailey had a really good week along with Mauer and J.T.”

Pruitt also praised Bailey’s added command of the offense.

The Volunteers badly need shot in the arm, and a change under center seems overdue at this point in the season. That decision may still come down to the health of Guarantano, but Pruitt sounds more positive on the prospects of Bailey playing than he has all season.

Tennessee and Auburn are scheduled to kickoff on Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET.