QB Guarantano’s re-emergence sparks Tennessee’s turnaround

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nobody exemplifies Tennessee’s impressive recovery from a dismal start better than rejuvenated quarterback Jarrett Guarantano.

Guarantano said he received death threats as he struggled through the first half of the season, lost his starting spot and fumbled away Tennessee’s hopes of upsetting Alabama. Rather than going into a shell or entering the transfer portal, Guarantano worked his way back into a featured role with the team.

Now the player guy who received the brunt of criticism from fans during Tennessee’s 1-4 start has regained his status as Tennessee’s first-team quarterback. He has helped the Vols (6-5, 4-3 SEC) win four straight heading into their regular-season finale Saturday with Vanderbilt (3-8, 1-6).

“I can’t say enough about what kind of grit, determination and character that he has to hang in here,” Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said. “He’s helped us kind of turn this season around.”
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