Written: Dallas Bowlin
The QB is the most important position on the field, let’s dive deep into what Tennessee has at that position.
5 star freshman QB Harrison Bailey-
Let’s start out with the elephant in the room, the six foot five, 5 star freshman from Marietta, GA Harrison Bailey. The third rated pro style QB chose Tennessee over Michigan, Alabama, Florida, and more. In High School Bailey threw for more than 9,000 yards and completed 625 passes with only 21 interceptions his whole High School career. Bailey has high expectations put on him, we will see if he lives up to the hype.
Redshirt Senior, former 4 star QB Jarrett Guarantano-
Next is Jarrett Guarantano. Jarrett has had his ups and downs throughout his Tennessee career, but he seemed to had turn somewhat of a corner down the backstretch last year where the Volunteers rattled off six straight to end the season and make a bowl game. For the season JG threw for 2,158 passing yards off of 152 completions, good for 16 touchdowns while also throwing 8 interceptions.
Sophomore, former 3 star QB Brian Maurer-
Ideally Brian would’ve red-shirted last year, but due to inconsistency, and just flat out bad play from JG to start the season Maurer played in a total of eight games last year, throwing for 541 yards on 35 completions. Finding the end zone, and keeping the ball away from defenders was something that bothered Maurer though (other than injury issues) only throwing 2 touchdowns, and racking up 5 interceptions. Maurer did bring energy, toughness, and swagger to the team when it needed it the most though. He was a big part in Tennessee hanging tough with Georgia for a little bit before Georgia pulled away. With a year under his belt, hopefully if Tennessee has to call on Maurer again he can correct his decision making, and find out how to get the Vols in the end zone.
Red shirt Sophomore, Former three star QB JT Shrout-
Like Maurer, Shrout was thrown in the fire after Brian Maurer suffered some injuries issues, playing in a total of four games Shrout totaled 179 yards on 13 completions and threw one touchdown. Shrout showed he has a canon for an arm, occasionally overthrowing receivers by about 10 yards. If Shrout can learn to control his arm and make on target passes, he could be a good weapon for the Vols if they need him.
Red shirt jr transfer, former 4 star QB Kasim Hill-
The former four star transferred from Maryland to Tennessee and was a top 10 pro style QB in his class. Kasim hasn’t played since 2018 when he got injured. In 2018 he totaled 1,083 yards on 84 compeltions, throwing 9 touchdowns and totaling 4 interceptions. Kasim could be a very talented player for the Vols if he is healthy.
Freshman, three star QB Jimmy Holiday-
This is a sticky situation here, given that Holiday can literally play Quarterback, Running Back, or maybe even Wide Receiver. in high school Jimmy totaled 3,507 passing yards on 266 completions, totaled 37 passing touchdowns and only 14 interceptions. When rushing the ball during his high school career he carried it 484 total times for 3,568 yards, and averaged 7.4 carries. Jimmy should definitely play for the Vols next year, it’s just unclear what position he will be playing
other QB’s on roster- Spencer Smith, Michael Bittner, and Steven Orr.
A Possibility- the Vols have had contact with former 5 star QB transfer JT Daniels who in his only full healthy year at USC threw for 2,672 yards on 216 completions. Throwing 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Hopefully if the Vols land Daniels he can clean up the interceptions.
That’s A LOT of quarterbacks. One of those guys would most likely transfer if the Vols were to land JT.