Sep 7, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Justin Worley (14) passes against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Volunteers open up quarterback competition

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The Tennessee Volunteers are coming off of a big loss against the Oregon Ducks last weekend, so they are looking to make changes under center. Vols head coach Butch Jones seems to be looking for a spark, so he has decided to re-open the quarterback competition which puts Justin Worley on the hot seat.

Tennessee’s open competition will give redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman and true freshman Riley Ferguson and Joshua Dobbs a chance to earn the starting gig this week during practice.

“Just like any position in our program, it’s open,” Jones said, according to Sporting News. “Whatever quarterback has the best week of practice will be the starter for Tennessee when we play Florida. If that means a freshman quarterback, that means a freshman quarterback. We’ll add more quarterback run into our package this week. We just need to find ways to generate big explosive plays. If that’s Josh Dobbs running the read option or Riley Ferguson, that’s what we’ll do.”

Jones is clearly looking for a dual threat at quarterback, so both true freshman could be the favorites to take over under center. Add in the fact that Dobbs and Ferguson are part of Jones’ recruiting class and Jones could choose to favor them over Peterman and Worley, who were already on the roster when he took over.

Whatever the decision is, Tennessee needs to start building for the future.

There is no better way to do that than to put in a young quarterback who is meant for your system and allowing them to get valuable playing time and the opportunity to grow.

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