Tennessee football coach Butch Jones opened spring practice with a news conference on Thursday.
"Obviously looking forward to getting started with spring football," he said. "We have to take monumental steps in the development of our football program and our football team."
The Vols can hold 14 practices, beginning Friday at 4:20 p.m. Spring football culminates with the annual DISH Orange + White Game on April 12 at 3 p.m.
After his opening statement, Jones was asked if there was a timetable on naming a starting quarterback.
"Every rep is for a championship," Jones said. "Each rep is for the becoming the starting quarterback. Has there been a timetable set on who our starting quarterback is? No, there are no timetables. That person will emerge. I don't know if it is the second week of spring, after the conclusion of the orange and white game or a week prior to Utah State. That will take care of itself. Right now, they just have to work on making themselves better individually every day and being a leader. They have to prove that they can win at Tennessee."
Senior Justin Worley spent most of the season as the starter, before a thumb injury sidelined him after the South Carolina game.
Sophomore Josh Dobbs spent the rest of the season as the Vols starter as a true freshman, with mixed results.
Redshirt sophomore Nathan Peterman played at Florida, but threw two interceptions.
Redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson could be the most intriguing quarterback name in spring practice. Many believe Ferguson would have started over Dobbs in the back half of the season if not for a leg injury.
View Butch Jones' entire opening statement here:
Butch Jones addresses the media prior to spring practice.
Butch Jones discusses Tennessee's offensive identity, the development of sophomore wide receiver Marquez North and the leadership of senior linebacker Curt Maggitt:
Vols head coach Butch Jones speaks about the team's developing offensive identity, the offseason improvements of wide receiver Marquez North and the leadership of senior linebacker Curt Maggitt. Spring practice starts Friday afternoon.