Guarantano's passing game success 'was first step in right direction'

Guarantano's passing game success 'was first step in right direction'

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Guarantano's passing game success 'was first step in right direction'

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AUBURN — Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jarrett Guarantano set career game highs for completions (21), attempts (32) and yards (328) in the 30-24 win at Auburn.

Offensive coordinator Tyson Helton moved from calling plays in the press box to the sideline against Auburn. The move helped with communication throughout the offense.

“It was an emotional moment for me,” Guarantano said of the win. “It’s been a long time coming.”

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Tennessee has made it a point of continuing to have a presence within the running game along with getting better in the passing game with explosive plays.

Against Auburn, Guarantano completed passes to nine different players and four players had 25-plus receptions: Ty Chandler and Josh Palmer 42 yards, Marquez Callaway 30 yards and Jauan Jennings 25 yards.

“We had many, many explosive plays, and they did a great job high-pointing those 50/50 balls,” Guarantano said. “We talk about it all the time — those are what’s going to win SEC games.

“I think we are starting to build on that and those type of things. So, I think that today was the first step in the right direction of those down the field passes.”

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