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Report: Freshman QB Harrison Bailey to start for Tennessee against Florida

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Finally.

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Finally, in Tennessee’s eighth game of the season, change is coming under center. According to a report from Matt Zenitz, Harrison Bailey will start at quarterback today, replacing Jarrett Guarantano.

Per a report from Jimmy Hyams on Friday, Guarantano was the Tennessee quarterback in quarantine this week that Jeremy Pruitt spoke of. Though the wheels were already turning here, Guarantano’s quarantine may have been the final straw in the situation.

Zenitz also reports that Guarantano will be available to play today.

So it’ll be Harrison Bailey, the former five-star prospect, getting his first career start against the No. 6 Florida Gators today. It’s something that we’ve all been calling for, especially considering how Tennessee’s season has fallen apart. At this point, you may as well get him some experience and build towards 2021.

Bailey has seen time late in losses to Kentucky, Auburn and Arkansas, but really hasn’t had any substantial playing time. He certainly hasn’t been able to prepare as the starter throughout a game week, but that all changes here.

Florida’s defense has proven to be leaky at times this year, so maybe Bailey is able to find some opportunities to attack today. Still, it’s going to be difficult for the Volunteers to keep up with Kyle Trask and Kyle Pitts on the other side of the ball.

At the very least, this gives us some added intrigue here and a look at the potential future of Tennessee football.