Guarantano set to start against South Carolina

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Backup quarterback Jarrett Guarantano will get the start over Quinten Dormady Saturday against South Carolina, according to our media partners at

Coach Butch Jones confirmed the information during Wednesday's media availability. “We felt Jarrett has earned the opportunity. You’re always looking for what you feel gives you the best opportunity to win the football game."

The Vols need a win Saturday to avoid an 0-3 start in the SEC and a good way to jumpstart that would be to find the end zone for the first time in six quarter (stretching back to the second half vs. Mass).

Senior wide receiver Josh Smith added his thoughts Tuesday afternoon on the redshirt freshman quarterback, "Jarrett's a good story because he's unselfish, you have a guy and they're both competing and then you give the job to another guy but he keeps competing and that just shows his character and I think highly of him and I think he's growing and he's gonna keep getting better and better."

Through the first five games of the season Quinten Dormady has struggled. He's thrown for 925 yards has six touchdowns, but also six interceptions. also reported that with the decision to start Guarantano, Dormady contemplated his future with Tennessee, however, on Tuesday he was present for football practice. Wednesday, Butch Jones talked about how Dormady took the news of his demotion, "Obviously he was very, very disappointed. That's what you would expect from a competitor."

So far this season, Guarantano has played in three games and thrown for just 54 yards on 12 of 23 passing. He's averaging 4.5 yards a completion.