Tennessee is doing what it can to get things back on track against Kentucky. That includes giving true freshman quarterback Harrison Bailey a shot with the starters. Trailing 34-7 in the second half, Bailey made his way into the game with 10:48 left in the fourth quarter.
It was a strong strong for the first-year player. He immediately completed a 24-yard pass to Malachi Wideman following multiple handoffs to Ty Chandler and Eric Gray. Unfortunately, that would be his only completed pass of the drive, finishing 1-of-4.
The decision to insert Bailey into the game followed the struggles of starter Jarrett Guarantano and backup J.T. Shrout. The two combined for three interceptions and a lost fumble with two of those picks being returned for a touchdown.
Despite it being reported that Bailey had seen 50 snaps in a recent scrimmage for the Vols, there were a lot of people who believed the freshman was still a ways away from seeing action in a game. Granted, those people also didn’t expect Tennessee to be down by 27 points to Kentucky entering the fourth quarter.
In other words, why not give the freshman a chance?
Bailey was rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 99 overall player, the No. 3 pro-style quarterback and the No. 15 player from the state of Georgia, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.