Coach Butch Jones explains why he chose Justin Worley as his starting QB
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00:00 There's just hasn't been. One or two practices of putting
00:04 together. Is Bernard accumulation. Of reps that started in spring football.
00:10 And he's earned that right now I believe Justin is playing
00:13 the best football that he's played in a long time and
00:16 he brings. Different elements to the table and he's managing the
00:20 offense he's making good decisions with the football. In down. He's
00:25 hanging in the pocket he's doing a lot of good things.
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Butch Jones announced at Thursday's media day that Justin Worley would be Tennessee's starting quarterback.
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00:02 shared with us at the top of the show the --
00:04 have a quarterback entering what are we gonna talk about man
00:07 I had a I don't in the next for the next
00:08 seventeen days until the vols picked up against you tell us
00:11 that the team holding its annual media day photo op Ed
00:14 Neal and stadium today. It was funny goofing around including by
00:17 the head coach but not after some serious business which Jones
00:21 given the starting QB not -- Justin Worley. Since -- Patrick
00:24 Murray has more. In the offseason coach Jones made each one
00:28 of his players read a book called the energy bus and
00:31 each player had to pick a word. Deployed on the front
00:34 of the bus that they're driving this year Justin -- word.
00:38 Is winner. Well last year wanna go out on top as
00:41 a winner and leave the scene vaccinated so winning season start
00:45 the road team to victory for these young guys and Johnson
00:48 is seen it all released. First snapped the Tennessee came as
00:52 a freshman backed up and his own one yard line on
00:56 the road and number two Alabama. Since then Worley has gone
01:00 through three quarterbacks coaches and three losing seasons. He led Tennessee
01:05 to an upset win over South Carolina last year but the
01:08 thumb injury ended his season and next week. In his office
01:12 on Thursday morning Jones told -- he had won his job
01:16 back. Justin expected to be the starter from day one he's
01:19 worked exceptionally hard. And got opposite let's go coach we got
01:23 more work to do -- -- performing at the highest level
01:26 -- performed up to keep it. Just throwing the ball on
01:29 timing on rhythm and get rid of the ball quickly Justin's
01:31 played. In big time games he understands the environment. He's won
01:36 the most experienced returning quarterbacks in the SEC he's a leader
01:40 of the offense he's been extremely vocal he's had great command
01:43 of the line of scrimmage. These are making good decisions with
01:46 the football. Now it's just. Go out there and give these
01:50 rests with the winds in and I was saying hey call
01:53 me and the guy now from New -- stadium on Patrick
01:56 Murray Debbie VIR ten sports.
KNOXVILLE (WBIR) - Tennessee Volunteers coach Butch Jones named senior Justin Worley the team's starting quarterback on Thursday.
Speaking at the team's annual media day at Neyland Stadium, Jones tabbed the senior as the top signal caller when the team opens the season at home on Aug. 31 at home against Utah State.
Worley is 6-foot-4, 220 pounds.
"I believe Justin is playing the best football he's played in a long time," said Jones.
Worley played in 8 games in 2013, starting 7.
Butch on Justin Worley's reaction to being named Tennessee's starting quarterback
He led the Vols to an upset win over South Carolina, but injured his thumb against Alabama the following week.
Worley had surgery on Oct. 29, and missed the remainder of the season.
"(Worley) has seen it all," said Jones. "A lot of those lessons can be applied to our younger players. He brings it every day."
Josh Dobbs was the team's starting QB for the remainder of the season.
Nathan Peterman was also heavily involved in the quarterback competition.
"I expect that position to continue to battle and continue to compete," Jones said. "We have great athletes in Peterman and Dobbs."
Worley, from Rock Hill, SC, completed 55.6 percent of his passes, for 1,239 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013.
He threw eight interceptions.
Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley (14) scrambles as the University of Tennessee plays Arkansas State at Neyland Stadium Saturday Sept. 6, 2014, in Knoxville. (Photo: Larry McCormack / THE TENNESSEAN)
Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley (14) gets pass protection from Tennessee offensive lineman Jashon Robertson (73) as the University of Tennessee plays Arkansas State at Neyland Stadium Saturday Sept. 6, 2014, in Knoxville. (Photo: Larry McCormack / The Tennessean)
Tennessee offensive lineman Jashon Robertson (73) offers protection as Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley (14) drops back to pass as the University of Tennessee plays Utah State at Neyland Stadium Sunday Aug. 31, 2014, in Knoxville. (Photo: Larry McCormack / The Tennessean)
Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley (14) takes a hit as the University of Tennessee plays Arkansas State at Neyland Stadium Saturday Sept. 6, 2014, in Knoxville. (Photo: Larry McCormack / THE TENNESSEAN)
Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Alton Howard (2) is congratulated by quarterback Justin Worley (14) after he caught the ball for a touchdownduring a 2013 game against Florida. (Photo: Kim Klement Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Tennessee offensive linesman James Stone (64) snaps the ball to Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley (14) during a game against Austin Peay at Neyland Stadium in 2013. (Photo: Larry McCormack / The Tennessean)
Tennessee freshman quarterback Justin Worley (14) talks with Tyler Bray during warm-ups before the University of Tennessee plays South Carolina at Neyland Stadium in 2011. (Photo: Larry McCormack/The Tennessean)
Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Justin Worley (14) is pressured by Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders defensive end Jiajuan Fennell (97) during a 2011 game at Neyland Stadium. (Photo: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)