Sep 21, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Nathan Peterman (12) hands the ball off to Tennessee Volunteers running back Rajion Neal (20) during the first quarter against the Florida Gators Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Nathan Peterman Will Be "Full Go" This Week In Practice; Bodes Well For Josh Dobbs


On Monday, Butch Jones announced that redshirt freshman QB Nathan Peterman would be a full go in practice this week.

What might seem like an insignificant detail, especially considering Peterman’s performance against Florida, is actually pretty major.

Even though Butch Jones wouldn’t commit to Peterman being the number two QB this week, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where he isn’t the number two if he’s healthy.

If Peterman is indeed the number two QB, it will open up the running game for Josh Dobbs even more.

Last week, Jones acknowledged they had to be more careful with Dobbs because Riley Ferguson, another true freshman, was the number two QB.

With Peterman as the backup, the Vols will be more willing to cut Dobbs loose, without the fear of burning Ferguson’s redshirt.

Jones alluded to Dobbs running more against Auburn, which almost certainly confirms that Peterman will be the number two.

Jones: You’ll see some different QB runs be implemented into our offense. Dobbs did a very good job on the zone-read plays.

Dobbs showed against Missouri that he is more dangerous with his legs than some believed. The true freshman picked up 45 rushing yards on 7 carries, including an impressive 33 yard run.

Vol nation has definitely embraced Josh Dobbs as Tennessee’s starting QB, but they aren’t the only ones.

Senior offensive lineman James Stone sounded more than confident in Dobbs’ ability on Monday.

Stone: We have Dobbs’ back. He showed incredible poise. He had great communication with us.

That quote pretty much tells you all you need to know about Josh Dobbs.


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