Butch Jones: Jarrett Guarantano has earned the opportunity

USC defense wants to build on stellar performance this week vs. Vols

USC defense wants to build on stellar performance this week vs. Vols

Guarantano has seen limited action this season, throwing 12 of 24 for 54 yards.

"Quinten's done some good things, but you're always looking for what you feel gives you the best opportunity to win the football game", Jones said.

Guarantano had lost a preseason competition with Dormady for the starting spot.

The South Carolina game will also be a public redemption opportunity of sorts for the 19-year-old after his body language came into question during ESPN's broadcast of Tennessee's season-opening 42-41 win over Georgia Tech. Dormady hasn't really been the problem, but head coach Butch Jones could hope for something similar to what USC did past year, when the Trojans benched Max Browne for Sam Darnold and saved their season. "We know what happened".

"He can see that, 'If I'm going to be the face of a program, the face of the team, the quarterback, it can't look like that". In fact, Scott said, the ordeal afforded Guarantano a learning experience. Dormady, who started the first five games of the season, completed 55.5 percent of his passes for 925 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions.

Tennessee's quarterback derby is expected to take another turn this week.

Guarantano was the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class, according to 247Sports.

"He obviously was disappointed", Jones said of Dormady, "but that's what you expect from a competitor". Tennessee has won three of those contests while SC won last year's match-up. The Vols had a bye week to prepare and get ready, and Jones recently called the bye week one of the best he's had. We go through life, we have setbacks and it's how you deal with it.

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