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Justin Worley Named Tennessee Starting QB

by Dan Harralson
Aug 14, 2014 10:22 PM EDT



The Tennessee quarterback race is over on Rocky Top.

Since Butch Jones has arrived at Tennessee, the quarterback situation has been a topic of discussion. From Justin Worley starting the beginning of last season, to the Nathan Peterman experiment at Florida and on to Worley regaining the starting role.

Worley was injured in the Third Saturday in October game at Alabama – and then the redshirt was taken off freshman Josh Dobbs to lead the Vols the remainder of the season.

Redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson left after spring, allowing the fall camp quarterback controversy to dwindle down to square one – between Dobbs, Peterman and Worley.
As we (the media) sat inside Neyland Stadium Thursday, Jones addressed the situation and what everyone wanted to know – who will be the starting signal caller against Utah State Aug. 31?

"He's (Worley) earned the right to be the starting quarterback at the University of Tennessee," Jones said. "It started in spring football and continued through training camp. This hasn't been putting together one or two practices, it's been an accumulation of reps since the spring. Justin is playing the best football he's played in a long time."

Worley guided the Vols to a win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, before going down at Alabama. This time Worley will have the luxury of having playmakers like Jalen Hurd, Josh Malone, Von Pearson, Ethan Wolf and Daniel Helm around him.

The bottom line is winning – and winning now. Coach Jones sees that in Worley. "We think Justin Worley gives this football team the best opportunity to win right now."