Earlier this week, Butch Jones seemed to indicate that there was little doubt his starting quarterback would be healthy enough to play this weekend.
With the Alabama game getting closer on the horizon? Yeah, not so much.
Justin Worley was knocked out of the Week 8 loss to Ole Miss with a shoulder injury. While Worley has practiced since, the Vols’ head coach intimated during his radio show Wednesday night that it’s up in the air whether or not Worley plays in the rivalry game.
“It’s ongoing right now,” Jones said when asked for an update on Worley’s status. “We’ll have to make a decision here later in the week with Justin’s status. The great thing for us is the way we practice all of our quarterback get equal reps in practice.”
That said, it’s widely expected Worley will be on the field and under center when the Vols square off with the Tide in Neyland Stadium. Should the unexpected happen and Worley is shelved, either Josh Dobbs or Nathan Peterman would assume the position.
Regardless of just who is under center, though, the UT offensive line, with all new starters from last year’s unit, needs to do a better job of protecting the quarterback. The 30 sacks surrendered by the Vols is second only to SMU’s 35 as the most at the FBS level this season.