Fan favorite Riley Ferguson may be leaving the Vols. Where does that leave the QB battle now? PHOTO: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Vols QB Riley Ferguson to Transfer

After the Orange and White game ended the spring practice session, it looked as though the Vols would have four quarterbacks vying for the starting spot heading into the fall once again.

Well, it looks like you can mark one QB off that list.

According to Knoxville News Sentinel writer Evan Woodbery and multiple others, redshirt freshman QB Riley Ferguson is expected to transfer before the season begins.


When asked about Ferguson’s status, head coach Butch Jones did not speak in specifics, saying:

As of right now, based on our recent conversations, we do not anticipate that he will be a member of our football family moving forward.

If Ferguson does indeed transfer, the Vols would be left with only three scholarship quarterbacks this upcoming season. Senior Justin Worley, redshirt sophomore Nathan Peterman, and sophomore Joshua Dobbs would be the only scholarship signal callers on the roster when the season begins.

Ferguson was the only QB on Tennessee’s roster not to see the field last season, and he redshirted his freshman season and maintained four years of eligibility by doing so. He had a strong spring overall, but was out shined by Worley and Dobbs in the Orange and White game.

Jones and Ferguson are mum on the reasons behind Ferguson’s possible departure, but all signs are pointing to Ferguson leaving the program soon.

More on this as it comes along.

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  • Ronnie Freeman

    I fully expect either Dobbs or Peterman to transfer after this season as well, especially if UT signs Gibson and another QB. If Gibson does commit and he is as good as advertised he will probably start day 1. These guys want playing time and who can blame them, they are competitive afterall.

    • Zach Ragan

      I think it just depends on how this season goes. If Dobbs takes hold of the job, then Gibson (if he does commit to UT) could redshirt his freshman year. I definitely wouldn’t be surprised to see Peterman transfer.

  • tad_stone

    Not surprised at this news, can’t really blame any of the guys to do what they need to do for playing time. I agree with Ronnie but would think Peterman would be the next to seek other spots. It may be harder for Dobbs to go just anywhere for QB plus his education in his special field.