Tennessee linebacker, Henry To’o To’o, seems to have made his choice at quarterback clear Monday night on Instagram, when he posted this picture.
Henry To’o To’o is making his QB choice clear pic.twitter.com/ucwXecFTpk— zach ragan (@zachTNT) October 19, 2020
Tennessee’s quarterback situation has been very turbulent over the last few weeks. After what one could consider a strong start for Jarrett Guarantano, throwing 19-for-31 for 259 yards and a touchdown against South Carolina. Additionally, Guarantano would throw 14-for-23 for 190 yards and a touchdown against Mizzou.
Since then, Guarantano’s performances have taken a nose-dive. Guarantano had a full come a part against Georgia, fumbling and losing the ball twice. In the third quarter against the Bulldogs, Guarantano fumbled the ball, then threw a pick. Then late in the game, he fumbled the ball and gifted the Bulldogs a touchdown.
Last weekend against Kentucky, Guarantano led the Volunteers to their first loss to the Wildcats at home since 1984. He also led the Volunteers to their worst loss against the Cats since 1935, when the Wildcats beat Tennessee 27-0.
For context, last weekend against Kentucky, To’o To’o was the Volunteers’ game captain and if he is tipping his cap at true freshman, Harrison Bailey, then that seems to reflect the feeling of the team as a whole. In the last two games, Tennessee has seemed flat with Guarantano at quarterback. Against Kentucky, the team seemed to want to give up.
That’s the sign of a team who needs a change somewhere. Where better than to start at the position where the Volunteers seem to be struggling the most? When Bailey came in against Kentucky, he showed a flash of what he is capable of, completing a perfectly placed bullet, just out of reach of a Kentucky defensive back, to fellow true freshman, Malachi Wideman.
If Tennessee wans to progress at the quarterback position, then Bailey seems to have the blessing of one of the most respected players on the team in To’o To’o.
I will end with one thing: if the Vols do start Bailey at quarterback this weekend against No. 2 Alabama, they need to be prepared and accepting of mistakes. However, if Bailey does make those mistakes he needs to be reassured by the coaching staff that they won’t bench him. If you want a young quarterback to succeed at any level, you want them to know you have full confidence in their ability as a player.
If Tennessee wants to be ready for the coming years at the quarterback position, they need to start planning now, as it has become apparent that Guarantano is not the solution. So. . .who better to start than the guy who threw 50 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and 4,674 yards last year playing 7-A football in Georgia?