Mike Bajakian: Speed fine, execution 'wasn't as good' for UT quarterbacks

Tennessee quarterback Riley Ferguson hands the ball off to Justus Pickett during practice in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, August 2, 2013. 
 

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Tennessee quarterback Riley Ferguson hands the ball off to Justus Pickett during practice in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, August 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)

Every play is analyzed. Every pass is assessed.

The battle for Tennessee’s No. 1 quarterback — or as coach Butch Jones deems it, “Tennessee’s alpha male” — officially commenced Friday. The Vols took to the field for their first practice of the 2013 preseason, centering all eyes on Justin Worley, the frontrunner, Nathan Peterman, the challenger, and freshmen Josh Dobbs and Riley Ferguson, the wildcards.

Moments after soaking in UT’s first run-through, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian said Friday went as expected. For all the quarterbacks, the shaking off of summer rust was seen in spotty execution, but not in knowledge of the playbook.

That didn’t stop the coaches from ratcheting up the speed of every play, a staple in Jones’ new uptempo attack.

“The speed was fine today, but the execution wasn’t as good,” said Worley, who ran primarily with the first-team offense. “We didn’t have as many MAs (missed assignments) as we did in the spring.”

As for the newcomers, Dobbs and Ferguson, Friday was an eye-opener. Bajakian said the two “were in shock a little bit with the tempo of practice,” but added, “They are further along from a mental standpoint than any freshmen I’ve had before.”

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Comments » 15

ThaiVolFan writes:

Ferguson must be great...he has the tats to prove it

TommyJack writes:

pound the fritter

antonio14313 writes:

The execution wasn't as good?? That's ok. This is only the first practice. They'll get it together by the third practice. No worries...

Go Vols.

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BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Get the tempo first and the execution will follow..GBO!!

TommyJack writes:

in response to KnoxVegas88:

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that was no fritter, son.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to TommyJack:

pound the fritter

Ahh, the good ole days.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Every time i hear the words execution (involving offensive fb plays). I immediately chuckle at my reflections to coach John McKay of the Tampa Bay Bucs. When asked about his team's execution: He replied: "I'm all for it".

RashaadSalabeb writes:

We have 4 good Quarterbacks. We will be fine for the next several years.

Rock on you MIGHTY VOLS!
By the way.....
the gators suck
bama sucks
the bulldogs suck
the commode doors suck
the rest...they suck too

6972 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Every time i hear the words execution (involving offensive fb plays). I immediately chuckle at my reflections to coach John McKay of the Tampa Bay Bucs. When asked about his team's execution: He replied: "I'm all for it".

I didn't know that. Now that was funny.

usafvol writes:

in response to NINEwillstillbesofine:

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Bet you have one of those Alpha Males for yourself don't ya little man?

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to RashaadSalabeb:

We have 4 good Quarterbacks. We will be fine for the next several years.

Rock on you MIGHTY VOLS!
By the way.....
the gators suck
bama sucks
the bulldogs suck
the commode doors suck
the rest...they suck too

"everbody sucks, sucks. Ole McCullers had uh farm"

C'mon Rashaad? They only suck when we're playin' good. Last year they didn't. Things can change though.

DawgDayAfternoon writes:

With Butchie's up-tempo offense, and with Worley or Peterman at QB, it should be a banner year for interceptions in the East.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

With Butchie's up-tempo offense, and with Worley or Peterman at QB, it should be a banner year for interceptions in the East.

That's right, Murray's got one more year doesn't he

johnlg00 writes:

in response to usafvol:

Bet you have one of those Alpha Males for yourself don't ya little man?

He just WISHES he did!

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