Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced that redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano will start against South Carolina on Saturday.
Junior Quinten Dormady started the first five games this season, and has thrown six interceptions and lost two fumbles over the past four games for the Volunteers (3-2, 0-2 SEC).
Guarantano has completed 12 of 24 pass attempts for 54 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions this season. Although he has rushed for just 6 net yards on 10 carries, he is also more mobile than Dormady.
“Jarrett has worked very hard and he will have that opportunity on Saturday,” Jones said.
Tennessee is coming off its bye week and lost its last game against Georgia 41-0. The Vols’ offense ranks second-to-last in the SEC with an average of 24.2 points per game.
“We need to score points in this conference,” Jones said. “It’s going to take points to win. It’s no reflection on Quinten. It’s a lot of individuals around him. Quinten has done some good things.
“You are always looking for what you feel gives you the best opportunity to win the football game.”
South Carolina is 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the SEC.