Sep 21, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Nathan Peterman (12) throws the ball during the second quarter against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Nathan Peterman Undergoes Surgery & More News


Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman will miss at least four weeks after undergoing surgery on his right hand.

Peterman injured his hand Saturday while struggling through his first college start in a 31-17 loss to No. 20 Florida. Peterman was 4 of 11 for 5 yards with two interceptions and one fumble before being replaced late in the first half by junior Justin Worley, who had started Tennessee’s first three games.

Peterman’s injury solidifies Worley’s status as Tennessee’s starting quarterback, at least for now. Worley is atop Tennessee’s depth chart for Saturday’s game with South Alabama, while freshmen Riley Ferguson and Joshua Dobbs are listed together on the second team.


From The Times Free Press

Marlon Walls played the 35th game of his Tennessee football career Saturday at Florida.

It may have been the fifth-year senior’s best one, too.

The 6-foot-2, 272-pounder from Olive Branch, Miss., just outside of Memphis, appeared in the Gators’ backfield on multiple occasions and registered one tackle for loss, forced a fumble and pressured quarterback Jeff Driskel on nickelback Devaun Swafford’s interception-return touchdown for the Volunteers in the first quarter of the 31-17 loss.

“I think so,” Walls said Monday when asked if Saturday was the best performance of his career. “It’s kind of a bittersweet deal, because we still got the loss, and all that really don’t matter anymore. I think Coach Strip [defensive line coach Stetve Stripling] is doing a great job of teaching.

“I think I’m getting better by just listening to what he’s telling me to do, and I feel like I’m starting to progress a little bit just by listening to him.”



Tennessee coach Butch Jones says he hasn’t spoken with Houston Texans running back Arian Foster about his comments that he got paid during his senior year with the Volunteers.

Foster says in an upcoming documentary that he “was getting money on the side” as a senior in 2008. Sports Illustrated first reported Foster’s remarks in the EPIX documentary, “Schooled: The Price of College Sports.”


From CBS Miami

Tennessee is slowly moving forward despite a tough loss to the Florida Gators, Saturday, according to the head coach Butch Jones.

The Vols wasted an opportunity to end a couple of losing streaks Saturday by falling 31-17 to No. 20 Florida and failing to capitalize after Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel broke his lower right leg in the first quarter. Tennessee has lost its last nine games with Florida and its last 18 games against ranked opponents.

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