The Tennessee Vols football program has fallen well short of expectations this year.
The situation as gotten ugly in Knoxville, with many calling for coach Butch Jones to be fired after a 3-4 start this season. If they’re going to turn things around and save Jones’ job, they’ll be doing it without the quarterback that started the season at the top of their depth chart.
On Saturday, reports surfaced that Volunteers pivot Quinten Dormady will need shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the season.
A release from Tennessee announces quarterback Quinten Dormady is expected to have season-ending shoulder surgery next week.
— Josh Ward (@Josh_Ward) October 28, 2017
More than anything, it guarantees freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano will be under center for the rest of the season.
Jones decided to start Guarantano at quarterback after Dormady got off to a slow start against Georgia. After a 3-2 record to open the year, and throwing two interceptions against the Bulldogs, Guarantano got his first taste of college football action.
The Volunteers and their new undisputed leader, Jarrett Guarantano, will take on the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. ET.
It is the first winnable game the Volunteers have had in several weeks. Kentucky isn’t a pushover at 5-2, but the Volunteers are still superior in terms of pure talent. Another loss would likely spell the end for Butch Jones and his tenure as head coach.
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