Tennessee Football is coming off a tough loss against Georgia, and Harrison Bailey took every offensive snap in Sunday’s scrimmage.
Tennessee football’s offense died in the second half of the Georgia loss. After three turnovers in the second half and no points scored, freshman quarterback Harrison Bailey began getting additional snaps in a Sunday scrimmage for the Vols. By additional, I mean, he took every snap during Sunday’s scrimmage.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the coaching staff started looking for another option at the quarterback position. If they are doing that, then Bailey will probably be the best choice for the Vols.
He’s the youngest, and he has the most potential. He’s also Pruitt’s guy. Pruitt recruited Bailey and was able to keep him away from the other elite college football programs.
Bailey was an early enrollee and was hoping to put himself in a spot to get reps this season, or even earn the starting job. After everything with COVID,
With spring practice and most of summer workouts canceled due to COVID-19, this is Bailey’s first real opportunity to take snaps and prove that he could be Tennessee’s starting quarterback.
"“It was really good,” Pruitt told reporters via Zoom on Monday. “I think we took like 49 snaps and Harrison (Bailey) took every one of them. For him, that was really good because based off the way our fall camp went, he didn’t get a lot of live action. We just didn’t have enough plays for him to get in there and get going. So, it was good for him.”"
Even though he’s young and fairly inexperienced, he might still be the best option for Tennessee moving forward. I’d rather have him struggle and figure things out now during an already messed up 2020 season instead of next year or the year after.
Unfortunately, I don’t think that the coaching staff will be willing to throw Bailey into the fire this year and let him struggle until he figures it out.
Last year, Tennessee’s offense received a big boost when Guarantano was pulled, and Brian Maurer took over at quarterback. If the Vols received that same boost with Bailey, then they’ll be at least just as good with Bailey at quarterback with the potential to be a lot better.
We will see what happens against Kentucky this Saturday. If Guarantano plays like he did in the second half against Georgia, then we could very well see a different quarterback.