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

Tennessee QB Nathan Peterman out at least 4 weeks


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

Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Nathan Peterman got his first career start on Saturday against the Florida Gators. Things didn’t go well for the freshman out of Fruitland Park. Not only did Tennessee lose the game 31-17, but Peterman completed just four of 11 passes for five yards and two interceptions. He was eventually replaced by junior Justin Worley.

On Monday, the news got worse for Peterman. Tennessee head coach Butch Jones announced that Worley needed surgery on his right hand, which he injured on Saturday, and will be out at least four weeks.

That gives the starting job back to Worley, who started the first three games for the Volunteers.

“As of right now, Justin Worley is the starter,” Jones told the Associated Press.

On Saturday, Worley was 10-of-23 for 149 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. On the season, Worley is 45-of-80 for 521 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.

Freshman Riley Ferguson and Joshua Dobbs are both listed as the second quarterback on the most recent depth chart.

After back to back loss to the Oregon Ducks and Florida Gators, the Volunteers get a bit of a break when they host South Alabama Saturday.

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