Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano will return for his senior season in 2020, his fifth year in the program. The New Jersey native has seen a little bit of everything during his time in Knoxville — a coaching change, the worst season in Tennessee history, and finally the taste of winning once again in 2019.
But for the 2020 season, Guarantano is looking to find something that he’s yet to see during his Tennessee career — consistency. It hasn’t all be on him, however. Tennessee had to rebuild the entire offensive line after Jeremy Pruitt arrived, all while switching offensive systems again.
Guarantano saw four different offensive coordinators in his first four seasons at Tennessee. For the first time in his career, his coordinator will return. According to Guarantano, that will be a big deal for his 2020 season.
“I want to show everyone that I can be the most consistent,” Guarantano said. “The past couple of years, I haven’t been very consistent. It’s been very up and down, but this coming year, I’m going to take it week by week.
“This is the first time in my career that I’m going to have a coordinator for a second year. I think it’s going to impact me a lot for the good. I have to go in every day and absolutely make myself learn new things, but being able to have the same coordinator is definitely good for myself and my teammates.”
Guarantano came back from being benched early in the season for Brian Maurer, after Maurer suffered back to back concussions. He helped lead Tennessee to a six game win streak to end the year at 8-5.
He returns in 2020, looking to hold off Maurer and five-star freshman quarterback Harrison Bailey, who has already enrolled and will take part in spring practice. He enters as the clear favorite for the job.
Tennessee might just be a quarterback away from being a really good football team. Guarantano’s development and consistency throughout the season will likely tell the tale of this 2020 team.