KNOXVILLE – The quarterback position is a topic of discussion for Tennessee during fall training camp.
Redshirt sophomore Jarrett Guarantano returns after starting six games in 2017, sophomore Will McBride also returns after starting one game last season, senior graduate transfer Keller Chryst makes his way to UT from Stanford, and JT Shrout debuts as an incoming freshman.
It is a clean slate and a fresh start in who will win the starting quarterback position during fall camp to open the 2018 season.
First-year UT offensive coordinator Tyson Helton understands that he has four good quarterbacks to work with and competition will bring out the best in everybody.
“It’s a four man competition and let the best man win,” Helton told the media ahead of fall camp.
For many, the quarterback competition is headlined by Chryst and Guarantano.
Helton says Guarantano is “a guy that has a live arm.”
“He is a guy that is very athletic,” Helton said of Guarantano. “He is a guy that really wants to be the starting quarterback and is passionate about wanting to be the guy for the University of Tennessee.
“I think he’s grown as a player from the time we’ve gotten here to today. Now fall camp, he is also going to continue to grow, but I really like what I have seen out of him. I think we can win with him, as well with all the other quarterbacks.”
Chryst came to Tennessee during the summer after finishing his academic work at Stanford and has brought maturity and a good presence to the locker room.
“He’s very mature,” Helton said of Chryst. “He didn’t say I’m trying to be the guy, he wants to be a good teammate and that’s what he has done all summer.
“He is trying to learn the system, be a good teammate and work hard. Now you have to take that out to the field and compete. There are four good players there and competition brings the best out in everybody.”