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Jones picks Worley as starting QB for Vols’ opener

August 26th, 2013 - By Steve James

Tennessee coach Butch Jones

has chosen junior Justin Worley the Volunteers’ starting

quarterback for the season opener Saturday against Austin Peay.

Jones called it a “very, very tight race,” but said

Worley’s experience and ability to take care of the ball put him

ahead.

Worley has been competing with redshirt freshman

Nathan Peterman and freshmen Joshua Dobbs and Riley Ferguson for

the right to take over for the departed Tyler Bray, who threw for

3,612 yards and 34 touchdowns last season.

Worley, the only Tennessee quarterback with any

college playing experience, started three games in place of an

injured Bray in 2011 and played five games in a reserve role last

season. Worley is 63 of 110 for 738 yards with five interceptions

and one touchdown pass in his career.