Sep 7, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Justin Worley (14) runs off the field during half time against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 52-20. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Vols Need A Mobile QB & More



It’s not Justin Worley’s fault.

He signed on at Tennessee in 2011 to quarterback a pro-style system. He practiced in that offense for two years and even started three games as a freshman.

Then Butch Jones arrived and the game changed.

Three games into his first season as UT coach, Jones has declared the quarterback position again open to competition. What’s past is prologue. Staying the course at quarterback after the 59-14 debacle at Oregon is suicidal entering SEC competition. And Jones knows it.

“Whatever quarterback has the best week of practice is going to be the starter for Tennessee when we play Florida,” Jones said.

He didn’t say Worley is out, but he didn’t have to. By indicating the UT offense will include more running opportunities for the quarterback, Jones essentially is telling redshirt freshmen Nathan Peterman and true freshmen Riley Ferguson and Josh Dobbs that one of them is taking over.


From The Tennsseean

Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley says he sometimes sings along to “Rocky Top” while hearing it over and over again whenever the Gators face Tennessee.

“Something gets so annoying, you got to make the best out of it,” Easley said.

Lately, that’s about the only way Tennessee has been able to bother Florida.

Florida has beaten Tennessee eight consecutive times, which represents the Gators’ longest winning streak in the 42-game history of this series. The 19th-ranked Gators try to continue their recent mastery of this rivalry Saturday at The Swamp.


From The Times Free Press

 Danny O’Brien and Jason Carr really have no choice in the matter.

Tennessee’s freshman defensive tackles are going to have to be ready to play.

With Mo Couch indefinitely ineligible following last week’s Yahoo! report that alleged he received improper extra benefits and Trevarris Saulsberry sidelined for up to six weeks with a knee injury suffered in Saturday’s loss at second-ranked Oregon, the Volunteers will be forced to play the redshirted freshman O’Brien and the true freshman Carr behind starters Daniel McCullers and Daniel Hood.

Both played a handful in the second half against the Ducks, and they’ll likely get plenty of work when Tennessee visits 19th-ranked Florida on Saturday.

“Those guys understand that it’s a huge opportunity for them, and even though we’re low on the inside, these guys have been playing real hard today,” senior defensive end Corey Miller said following the Vols’ Tuesday afternoon practice.


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