True freshman quarterback Justin Worley will start Saturday when Tennessee takes on No. 14 South Carolina at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.
Worley, a Rock Hill, S.C., native who broke numerous state passing records, replaces senior Matt Simms, who struggled over the past two weeks against No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama.
"We're not throwing and catching the way we need to and we're not calling the game the way we want to," coach Derek Dooley said today at his weekly press conference. "We just need to make this move.
"It's not something that's done on a whim. We have a lot of data to make a switch. We don't have a lot of data on Justin."
Worley hadn't seen the field until the fourth quarter of Saturday's 37-6 loss at Alabama. Worley didn't attempt the pass, as UT (3-4, 0-4 SEC) fumbled on the first play of his first possession and was pinned to its own goal line on its final possession.
The Vols are still weeks away until Tyler Bray's return from a broken thumb. Dooley said Sunday that Bray could play as soon as the Nov. 19 game against Vanderbilt, but the injury very well could keep him out for the remainder of the regular season.
Bray replaced Simms on a full-time basis around this time last year. Dooley cautioned that the circumstances are drastically different.
"We have to be very cautious to say it's like last year because I know that's what everybody thinks," Dooley said. "We had a lot more data going into last season when I made the move than I do right now on Justin.
"I don't know what it's going to look like on Saturday. I'm doing it with a little less expectation of what I'll see. I just think it's the right thing to do."
More to come on UT's change at quarterback at http://GoVolsXtra.com and in Tuesday's News Sentinel.