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Jarrett Guarantano Throws Two Pick-Sixes, Gets Benched Against Kentucky

It has not been a good start to the weekend for Jarrett Guarantano. From the start of game against Kentucky, the Tennessee quarterback has been a turnover machine. He’s now had a fumble and two pick-sixes, and it isn’t even halftime.

The first pick-six came early in the second quarter when former LSU cornerback Kelvin Joseph stepped in front of a Guarantano pass and returned it 41 yards for a score.

The second pick-six came on the very next possession. This time, it was linebacker Jamin Davis who returned the interception 82 yards for a score to put the Wildcats up 14-0 on the Vols.

Those poor decisions led to Guarantano benched for backup J.T. Shrout. Unfortunately for Tennessee, Shrout’s first pass attempt was intercepted as well, which led to Guarantano getting another crack at the job.

The senior did immediately lead the Vols offense down the field for its first score of the day, but one has to wonder how much more slack he’ll continue to have.

Will we see more Shrout at any point? Is Brian Maurer an option? When will Harrison Bailey be ready? These are all questions being asked by Tennessee fans right now.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. He stared down the WR on that pick 6, but it’s not all on Guarantano.
    The UT play calling is terrible. Chaney asks for too many LONG throws horizontally. That not only makes your QB have to wait in the pocket longer, but if you’re throwing across the field you’re leaving yourself open to picks. The balls in the air too long on those throws. Cut those out. That’s asking a QB to make pinpoint throws 35-40 yards to WR for 15 yard gains, who may or may not run good routes.
    Guarantano, on top of that, doesn’t anticipate WR coming open, but waits until they appear open then decides to throw. You can’t do that against SEC defenses. It’s the coaching staff’s job to adjust play calling to their players’ strengths and they’re not doing it. They have to get smarter than they’re coaching. That was one of the worst efforts I’ve seen from a UT team and staff in a while.

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