Aug. 14, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Head Coach Butch Jones named senior Justin Worley as the team's starting quarterback at Vols 2014 Media Day.
Jones announced Thursday that Worley would start the Aug. 31 season opener against Utah State. Worley was competing with sophomores Nathan Peterman and Joshua Dobbs. Jones said that "I believe Justin is playing the best football that he's played in a long time."
Although each player had started at least one game for Tennessee last season, Worley had the most experience of the three.
Worley started seven games last year before undergoing season-ending surgery on his right thumb. He completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 1,239 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Tennessee, which finished 5-7, went 4-3 in the games Worley started.
JONES: @WorleyBird_14 has earned the right to the be starting QB. I believe Justin is playing the best football he's played in a long time.-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) August 14, 2014
JONES: @WorleyBird_14 has been a leader, he's been very vocal. When you manage the football, it's a matter of seconds. He's managed that.-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) August 14, 2014
JONES: @WorleyBird_14 has seen it all. A lot of those lessons can be applied to our younger players. He brings it every day.-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) August 14, 2014
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