Thursday, April 4, 2013
Frosh QB is legit contender to start for Vols
By Brent Sobleski
Not only is Butch Jones tasked with finding a way to make Tennessee football a national brand once again, he has to do so while trying to find a starting quarterback.
Sophomore Justin Worley and redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman are currently on campus and competing to start behind center. But it may only be a matter of time before a true freshman claims the opportunity to unseat either.
"...it’s very plausible Josh Dobbs could walk in this summer and start halfway through next fall, depending on how well the offense is performing," Jon Cooper of Saturday Down South wrote. "Dobbs is the future of the Butch Jones era in Knoxville."
Jones got Dobbs to flip from Arizona State less than a week before national signing day. Dobbs is Jones' chosen quarterback within the new coach's first recruiting class. Worley is the likely candidate Dobbs will have to unseat:
Travis HaneyWorley's job to lose in Knoxville
"This will be a position to watch for a couple of seasons as Butch Jones settles into his Knoxville digs. Worley, a sophomore, and Peterman, a freshman, could not have felt great about the Volunteers signing two quarterbacks in the 2013 class. But it will take time for Josh Dobbs and Riley Ferguson to get a feel for the offense, so Worley or Peterman could be entrenched by then.
Or perhaps not.
Worley is a mercurial case. He put up silly numbers in high school (13,385 yards, 157 TDs) and won the Gatorade National Player of the Year award two seasons ago -- even though Jadeveon Clowney played ball across talent-rich Rock Hill, S.C., from Worley. Yet the in-state schools did not really look Worley's way, as the Vols were his only major offer.
This should be Worley's job. How long he has it is up to him -- and how much the newcomers push him."