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Coach Butch Jones explains why he chose Justin Worley as his starting QB

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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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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.

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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.

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