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ESPN Analyst Shows How Jarrett Guarantano Went "Rogue" During Critical Play

A closeup of Tennesse's Jarret Guarantano.

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 27: Jarrett Guarantano #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers looks to the sidelines against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Alabama took down Tennessee on Saturday night, 35-13, in a game that was closer than the score indicates. Vols fans are particularly upset about how one play in the third quarter turned out.

With starter Brian Maurer out of the game, backup Jarrett Guarantano and the Vols were facing a 4th-and-goal from Alabama's 1-yard-line, trailing 28-13. Guarantano tried a quarterback sneak to try to make it a one-score game.

Unfortunately, he fumbled, and Alabama's Trevon Diggs recovered it and took it back 100 yards for a Crimson Tide touchdown.

ESPN college football analyst Jordan Rodgers broke down the film on Monday and noticed something interesting. He says that the play call wasn't for a quarterback sneak.

Rodgers believes that Guarantano went "rogue" and ran the sneak by himself. In the video below, he shows that the play was supposed to call for a run left, led by the fullback. He says the play design would have worked easily.

If he's right, it makes a lot more sense why head coach Jeremy Pruitt got some upset with his quarterback in the aftermath.

The play essentially sealed the deal for Alabama.

Tennessee, after the loss, is now 2-5 on the season. The Vols will need to win four of their final five games to play in a bowl game this season.