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Peterman out a month, Worley back in as Vols’ starting QB

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Apparently, the Great Nathan Peterman Experiment has been put on hold indefinitely.

Just prior to the game against Florida Saturday, Tennessee announced that the redshirt freshman would make his first collegiate start in The Swamp.  Peterman completed just 4-of-11 passes for five yards and two interceptions — one of which was returned for a touchdown — before being replaced by the previous starter, Justin Worley.

Head coach Butch Jones announced Monday that will be Peterman’s last playing time for a while as the quarterback suffered a hand injury in the loss to the Gators.  Jones said Peterman will miss at least a month.

As a result, Worley has vaulted back to the top of the depth chart.  After replacing Peterman, Worley completed 10-of-23 passes for 149 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.  Worley’s 128.2 pass efficiency rating is 72nd in the country and behind 10 SEC quarterbacks, helping in part to explain the Vols’ uneven 2-2 start to the season.

With Peterman out, a pair of freshmen — Joshua Dobbs and Riley Ferguson — are listed as the co-backups on the depth chart released today.

Jones did allow that the quarterback competition would be opened back up to include everyone, although it would be more than surprising if anyone but Worley was under center when the Vols take on South Alabama Saturday.

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4 Responses to “Peterman out a month, Worley back in as Vols’ starting QB”
  1. ddaniels11 says: Sep 23, 2013 3:40 PM

    The florida game was very winnable. I believe it was a mistake starting Peterman. However, the offense isn’t being utilized well at all. Tennessee has arguably the best O-line in the country and their running game is stretching run plays and sweeps; use those big boys and plow some holes. The passing game is only going to do so much when 85-90% of all pass plays seem to be 2-3 yard screen passes. Let’s go Vols, make a statement!

  2. going4iton4th says: Sep 23, 2013 6:06 PM

    I don’t know what offensive line you are watching but run blocking isn’t the strength of our line. Basically we have a bunch of mismatched parts that aren’t capable of running Jones’ system. The O line is soft as Charmin—see Dominique Easley pushing into our backfield at will and blowing up plays.

  3. noaxetogrind says: Sep 23, 2013 10:07 PM

    You would hope if somebody does a story on a game they would at least know the boxscore. Mr. Taylor, Nathan Peterman did not throw a pic 6. If you actually watched the game or checked a boxscore you would know that it was actually Tennessee that returned a Driskell interception for a score.
    @ddaniels11, certainly entitled to your opinion but not quite sure what you saw to say that the Florida games was winnable. At Tennessee’s best point in the game, which was probably in the 2nd qtr when they were leading 7-3, they had minus 11 yds of offense to Florida’s 92. They didn’t even have a first down. I don’t think anybody who saw that game ever thought Tennessee was ever in control. It was more a matter of how long it would take UF’s offense to get out of its own way.

  4. ddaniels11 says: Sep 24, 2013 9:07 AM

    That’s what I’m saying, the offensive scheme isn’t suitable to the pieces that are in place. They could run and have a power run game, but it’s not the scheme they have in place now. They rarely throw the ball beyond 10-15 yards down field. When they go to Florida as 17+ dogs, and can turn the ball over 5 0r 6 times in the first half and still be in the game, yeah, that game is very winnable. The play calling could be much better, but it is what it is. They could easily be 3-1.

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