Tennessee will start Jarrett Guarantano at quarterback for Saturday's game against South Carolina, coach Butch Jones said on Wednesday.
Guarantano, a redshirt freshman, will take over for Quinten Dormady, who started the first five games for the Vols (3-2). Dormady, a junior, has eight turnovers in his first five games, including six interceptions.
"He's worked very, very hard," Jones said. "Quinten did some very, very good things as well, and like I've continued to say all year long, a lot of times the quarterback is a byproduct of execution of everyone around them, but Jarrett's worked very hard and he'll have that opportunity on Saturday."
Guarantano has gone 12-of-24 for 54 yards passing with one touchdown and no interceptions while backing up Dormady this season. He also is more mobile than Dormady, though Guarantano has rushed for only 6 net yards on 10 carries thus far.
The Vols were off last week but suffered a 41-0 home loss to Georgia two weeks ago.
"We just felt Jarrett has earned the opportunity," Jones said. "We need to score points in this conference. It's going to take points to win, and like I said, it's no reflection on Quinten, it's a lot of individuals around him. Quinten's done some good things, but you're always looking for what you feel gives you the best opportunity to win the football game."
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.