Top 3 Tennessee Heisman Candidates for the 2020 Season

Zach Brunner
Jarrett Guarantano Heisman odds are the best for any Tennessee player.
Jarrett Guarantano Heisman odds are the best for any Tennessee player. / Silas Walker/Getty Images
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After falling a couple games short in the SEC East division last season, the Tennessee Volunteers are gearing up for a strong 2020 season. While they haven't been among the top football programs in the NCAA in recent years, the Volunteers have the talent to make some noise in the upcoming season.

The team is collectively solid, and there are a few players that could shine through with their individual performances. This most notably is seen in the Volunteers' quarterback competition, with the winner possibly being in the Heisman Trophy conversation. These are the three top Heisman candidates from Tennessee.

1. Jarrett Guarantano, QB (+10000)

Jarrett Guarantano is the redshirt senior that is thought to have the best chance to claim the starting QB job. He finished last season strong, leading the Vols to a bowl game. However, the decision at quarterback could be a long-term decision, instead opting to give a younger player the experience to grow into a better player for the future.

2. Brian Maurer, QB (+20000)

Brian Maurer is only a sophomore and he actually replaced Guarantano last season, when he was not playing well. It was only when an injury caused Maurer to leave the field that Guarantano returned to lead some late season heroics. Maurer is a confident quarterback that is not afraid to make any throw, which can be both a strength and weakness.

3. Harrison Bailey, QB (+25000)

Harrison Bailey is the true freshman that could come in and win the entire competition, stealing the job from those who have put in the time ahead of him. Bailey will undoubtedly be one of the most talented players on the roster next season, but he is inexperienced, obviously, and it would make sense to redshirt him with so many other quarterbacks already on scholarship.


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