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Tennessee spring game to offer sneak peek at QB competition

Tennessee fans' first good glimpse at the post-Josh Dobbs era will come Saturday.

As the Volunteers set to play their Orange and White spring game Saturday afternoon (4 p.m. ET, SEC Network), the team's offseason quarterback battle will take center stage.

Quinten Dormady, Jarrett Guarantano, Sheriron Jones and Will McBride will get their chances to display their progress. Most of the offseason attention has been focused on Dormady and Guarantano, with many outsiders viewing this as essentially a two-man race.

Dormady, a junior who has played in 10 games as a backup the last two seasons, has the experience edge. Guarantano, who redshirted last season, was a highly regarded recruit in the 2016 class, an ESPN 300 prospect who was ranked the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the country.

The competition isn't expected to close anytime soon, with Tennessee offensive coordinator Larry Scott telling reporters recently that he expects the battle to go into preseason training camp. But Saturday will be a chance to see how much the quarterbacks, particularly Dormady and Guarantano, have progressed this spring.

When the Vols open up Sept. 4 against Georgia Tech, it'll be the first time in a while that someone other than Dobbs takes the snaps. Dobbs, who graduated, started 35 career games, including a streak of 32 consecutive dating to the 2014 season.

Filling those shoes won't be easy, but the Vols have numerous options, presumably talented ones, to do so.