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Jarrett Guarantano Film Eval.
Little O's Blog is Back, Baby!
Posted: Monday, August 31st, 2015, 1:58 PM
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Well, well, well, it's that time again, folks. Football Time in Tennessee!!

So, of course, that means yours truly is back in action, blogging away about the sport you beautiful Big Orange people care about most--FOOTBAWWWWWW!!!

Since I temporarily forgot I had a blog, what in the midst of my 2nd year of medical school and the whole raising three kids thing, I thought I'd give you a little something timely, interesting, and local, all the things we here at Little O's Blog strive to deliver. In that vein, I asked a former college QB and local boy (who just happens to be a med school classmate of mine) to do a little film breakdown for me. Since Jarrett Guarantano has been the object of much speculation bordering on consternation here on Rocky Top lately in light of the recent commitment of 5-star QB Hunter Johnson (the top rated QB for the Class of 2017), Guarantano seemed like a good place to start. And former Karns High School and Emory & Henry QB Kyle Boden seemed like the perfect man for the job. Since some in Vol Nation have declared that Guarantano's "too good of a prospect to risk running off by taking a highly touted QB right behind him" while others respond by saying "he's not that good anyway, so we can live without him," I thought I'd ask the former 3-year college starter at the position to "check the tape" and give me his perspective:

"The guy is a gifted athlete and has a cannon. [On the film I saw] he ran a very similar offense to what I ran in college in terms of zone reads in the run game, flash fakes to the backs on play action, and also a very similar passing attack. I was impressed with his ball placement, especially on his vertical routes and short comeback routes on the boundary.

"I did notice that he has the tendency to lock in on receivers at times and does not use his eyes to move defenders, especially on some of the slant and crossing routes. He also will have to throw the ball on time, especially with the five yard out and deep crossing routes that he will be expected to throw in college. At times, he threw those balls late in high school, and SEC defensive backs take those late, forced passes to the house. I was also impressed with his running ability and toughness; however, if he wants to last a full season at UT, he will have to learn how to avoid a lot of the unnecessary hits he brings on himself by trying to create contact with linebackers and safeties.

"He has a very good pocket presence and solid footwork under pressure and in many ways reminds me of Josh Dobbs in terms of athleticism and raw talent. The fact Tennessee signed this guy shows that they are looking for lengthy, dual-threat quarterbacks that can stretch defenses vertically in the passing game and also showcase the ability to break off a run if the pocket breaks down. Hope this helps brother; thanks for the opportunity to talk a little football!"

Well, there you have it, folks. QB talk from a QB. Don't know about you guys, but I'd take that any day over a journalism major and definitely over my completely inexpert opinion. I'd say Butch Jones got himself a good one, and I, for one, hope he sticks.

More to come tomorrow on conference expansion, and later in the week, 2015 SEC and Tennessee season predictions, as well as the Bowling Green blog. Until then, and as always...


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