Vols getting in gear: Worley to Manning QB camp

Ten year-old Dylan Thomson of Damascus, VA poses for a photo with quarterback Justin Worley prior to the Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Ten year-old Dylan Thomson of Damascus, VA poses for a photo with quarterback Justin Worley prior to the Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE — Justin Worley will continue trying to lock down the job as Tennessee's starting quarterback three weeks from now when the Volunteers begin preseason training camp.

For the rest of this week, though, the junior's focus will be elsewhere.

Worley is among a handful of college and NFL quarterbacks serving on the 120-man staff at the Manning Passing Academy, the annual July camp conducted by the Manning family, including current NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, for high school skill-position players at Nicholls State University in Louisiana.

The 6-foot-4, 222-pound Worley and the other college quarterbacks serve as counselors, provide coaching to campers in 7-on-7 games and have the chance to showcase their own skills. Matt Simms (2010) and Tyler Bray (2012) also attended the camp from Tennessee in recent years.

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chattabluetick writes:

A little one-on-one time with Peyton and Eli wouldn't hurt either. It never hurts to get tips from great QB'S.

tomatosoup writes:

This is exactly what I like to hear and can’t wait until it’s kickoff time in Tennessee. Not only is Justin Worley helping the community by becoming involved in something like a camp, I have a feeling that when all the campers go home for the day, the spotlight will shift to Payton and Eli working with Justin. With no helicopters flying overhead to record Payton and Eli coaching Worley up, these three can focus on helping Coach Jones bringing back the football program to its days of glory!!! Another thing to consider (regardless whom our starting QB will turn out to be) is that we “should” have one of the most solid offensive lines not only in the SEC, but in the country! Have such a stong O’line should provide plenty of protection for our young QB’s which is HUUUUUGE! If somehow we can develop a strong run game and protect our young QB(s), I think everything will turn out just right for Coach Jones in his first year! Man am I excited and I ever mentioned…….It’s great to be a Tennessee Vooooool!!!!!

laraccoon writes:

6' 4" 222 lbs , Justin is a big boy .

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Your either a game ready SEC QB or your not and Worley has yet to prove he is..This reminds me way too much of the Crompton days.Kiffin did manage to make somewhat of a QB out of him but that was after a lot of losses!!Worley got his true test when Dooley put him in out of desperation against Vandy. His first pass was right into the belly of the CB.A lot of people said that was the WR's fault but what I saw was a simply a CB with decent inside position. I don't recall if he did much positive after that but keep in mind that was with NFL WR's and an Oline with 4 sure NFL prospects. There is little or no learning curve for SEC QB's if your a Junior that's had 2 years to hone your craft. Jones is not one to baby a QB but he is also not one to give a quick hook. Munchie had a lot of chances to prove himself last year at Cinncy but when he threw a wounded duck into the end zone for an Int. on a pass that would have won the game Munchie boy promptly spent most of the rest of the season riding the pine. Iam normally an optimist but all of us get the sense this team is hungry and ready to win and the last thing we need is 5 senseless losses at the expense of a JR QB trying to get his cr%p together..Been there done that !!!!!!!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Your either a game ready SEC QB or your not and Worley has yet to prove he is..This reminds me way too much of the Crompton days.Kiffin did manage to make somewhat of a QB out of him but that was after a lot of losses!!Worley got his true test when Dooley put him in out of desperation against Vandy. His first pass was right into the belly of the CB.A lot of people said that was the WR's fault but what I saw was a simply a CB with decent inside position. I don't recall if he did much positive after that but keep in mind that was with NFL WR's and an Oline with 4 sure NFL prospects. There is little or no learning curve for SEC QB's if your a Junior that's had 2 years to hone your craft. Jones is not one to baby a QB but he is also not one to give a quick hook. Munchie had a lot of chances to prove himself last year at Cinncy but when he threw a wounded duck into the end zone for an Int. on a pass that would have won the game Munchie boy promptly spent most of the rest of the season riding the pine. Iam normally an optimist but all of us get the sense this team is hungry and ready to win and the last thing we need is 5 senseless losses at the expense of a JR QB trying to get his cr%p together..Been there done that !!!!!!!

I am generally a believer in the idea that "true" QBs and PGs are made rather than born, in that many of the qualities of leadership are apparent from an early age. However, there are lots of ways a QB can be an effective player and leader. I haven't heard of anybody connected with the team say anything negative about his leadership or mental qualities. It makes a difference when a guy knows that this is HIS team. No QB, however gifted, can afford to stop learning and wanting to get better, and training and experience of the right kinds can improve the actual performance of a player of any level of innate ability. Hopefully, he will benefit from working this camp and spending time with the Mannings. You know Peyton will do everything he can to help Worley improve.

The game will be slower for Justin. He will recognize defenses better after all the film study and practice reps. He will try to avoid mistakes and rely as heavily as possible on the O-line and RBs. Some fans won't fully warm to Worley until he proves it on the field, and that is as it should be. Worley had unbelievable stats in HS. He is not devoid of talent. Is he a star? We'll see.

CoverOrange writes:

Bray and Simms attended this camp before. Not sure how much it helped them. These type of camps are more about showing leadership than learning or improving skills. To Johnlg's statement about QBs being made, leadership is something you have to decide to do.

And I don't know who "Munchie" or "Cinncy" is but I'm pretty sure no one on the team is named the former and we didn't play the latter.

VolYork45 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I am generally a believer in the idea that "true" QBs and PGs are made rather than born, in that many of the qualities of leadership are apparent from an early age. However, there are lots of ways a QB can be an effective player and leader. I haven't heard of anybody connected with the team say anything negative about his leadership or mental qualities. It makes a difference when a guy knows that this is HIS team. No QB, however gifted, can afford to stop learning and wanting to get better, and training and experience of the right kinds can improve the actual performance of a player of any level of innate ability. Hopefully, he will benefit from working this camp and spending time with the Mannings. You know Peyton will do everything he can to help Worley improve.

The game will be slower for Justin. He will recognize defenses better after all the film study and practice reps. He will try to avoid mistakes and rely as heavily as possible on the O-line and RBs. Some fans won't fully warm to Worley until he proves it on the field, and that is as it should be. Worley had unbelievable stats in HS. He is not devoid of talent. Is he a star? We'll see.

Excellent post. As great as the idea sounds of having Dobbs starting right away to get his feet wet, it should be Worley. The guy is talented. All of the QBs we have are, the accolades are crazy. With Worley being the most veteran member of the group, his opportunity shines brightest to step into the role of being Tennessee's leader under center. He has a pretty good arm and he can be mobile when forced to, but having a mind that's had to time to wrap around being an SEC QB is something that's invaluable. If Worley can match his potential for this season, I think he could step in and Tennessee's offense won't miss a beat..other than them young WRs. But there's ALOT of talent there. I have faith in the running game and the line, and I think Mark Elder's TEs will be solid, so there's no reason to think we can't have decent passing numbers with coach "jake" and coach Azzani leading their groups. Go Vols!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Bray and Simms attended this camp before. Not sure how much it helped them. These type of camps are more about showing leadership than learning or improving skills. To Johnlg's statement about QBs being made, leadership is something you have to decide to do.

And I don't know who "Munchie" or "Cinncy" is but I'm pretty sure no one on the team is named the former and we didn't play the latter.

Of course you're right that every great teacher must have a capable and willing student. Some are more capable of learning certain lessons at certain times than others. To some extent, the ability to make, and consistently follow through on, the decision to lead is innate. This is and has been an inexhaustible topic among students of human achievement forever, but it might be a bit too subtle for some. All I'm saying is that it can't be a NEGATIVE for Worley to attend, and some things might click for him in a way that truly launches his career. Or not. We'll see.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to VolYork45:

Excellent post. As great as the idea sounds of having Dobbs starting right away to get his feet wet, it should be Worley. The guy is talented. All of the QBs we have are, the accolades are crazy. With Worley being the most veteran member of the group, his opportunity shines brightest to step into the role of being Tennessee's leader under center. He has a pretty good arm and he can be mobile when forced to, but having a mind that's had to time to wrap around being an SEC QB is something that's invaluable. If Worley can match his potential for this season, I think he could step in and Tennessee's offense won't miss a beat..other than them young WRs. But there's ALOT of talent there. I have faith in the running game and the line, and I think Mark Elder's TEs will be solid, so there's no reason to think we can't have decent passing numbers with coach "jake" and coach Azzani leading their groups. Go Vols!

You just never know. I rather doubt TAMU was expecting a Heisman-Trophy season from Manziel. I don't think Jones is going to force-feed an offense that requires a whole lot of adjustment. I think he has found enough talent and enough useful experience--along with, no doubt, a lot of "unlearning" to do--that he will tailor the offense to the strengths he has and install his unique elements as the roster assumes the state he envisions. If Dobbs, for example, comes in here and sets the house afire during fall practice, I won't kick a bit. Unless that happens, let's see what Worley's got.

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to Crafty_Commodore_4118:

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Keep it up, Candy dimwit!

The Commode Dores beat one of the worst Vol teams in a century and you are proud of that? What a putz you are! Why don't you take that anchor and stick it where the sun don't shine boy? Get used to the Big Orange kicking Candy's arse this year because the Vols are back and Candy is headed South. Look for Idiot Jimmy Franklin to take the first decent job he is offered at the end of this season.

usafvol writes:

in response to Crafty_Commodore_4118:

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You're a total joke! The commodes beat us once about every 50 years and you're sooooo proud of that accomplishment.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Crafty_Commodore_4118:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

They don't play licks, they play football. Haven't you been watching?

JSmith525 writes:

Hey there crappy commode, did they put names with those thugs that were suspended for sexual assault yet? Word is that Vandy could be looking for 3 new starters. Wonder if one of them could be a QB?

http://deadspin.com/radio-host-vandy-...

volistic writes:

in response to JSmith525:

Hey there crappy commode, did they put names with those thugs that were suspended for sexual assault yet? Word is that Vandy could be looking for 3 new starters. Wonder if one of them could be a QB?

http://deadspin.com/radio-host-vandy-...

Wow! Very interesting article. Vandy fans should be very proud.

johnlg00 writes:

Ouch! And also UGH! And maybe a EWWW! No unseemly glee here. Just...WOW!

gillblog writes:

in response to tomatosoup:

This is exactly what I like to hear and can’t wait until it’s kickoff time in Tennessee. Not only is Justin Worley helping the community by becoming involved in something like a camp, I have a feeling that when all the campers go home for the day, the spotlight will shift to Payton and Eli working with Justin. With no helicopters flying overhead to record Payton and Eli coaching Worley up, these three can focus on helping Coach Jones bringing back the football program to its days of glory!!! Another thing to consider (regardless whom our starting QB will turn out to be) is that we “should” have one of the most solid offensive lines not only in the SEC, but in the country! Have such a stong O’line should provide plenty of protection for our young QB’s which is HUUUUUGE! If somehow we can develop a strong run game and protect our young QB(s), I think everything will turn out just right for Coach Jones in his first year! Man am I excited and I ever mentioned…….It’s great to be a Tennessee Vooooool!!!!!

You're making a weak pun, I hope, with this "Payton" thing aren't you ?

movol77 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

You just never know. I rather doubt TAMU was expecting a Heisman-Trophy season from Manziel. I don't think Jones is going to force-feed an offense that requires a whole lot of adjustment. I think he has found enough talent and enough useful experience--along with, no doubt, a lot of "unlearning" to do--that he will tailor the offense to the strengths he has and install his unique elements as the roster assumes the state he envisions. If Dobbs, for example, comes in here and sets the house afire during fall practice, I won't kick a bit. Unless that happens, let's see what Worley's got.

It is also worth noting that TAMU's Johnny M. was a red-shirt (2nd year)...as will be Peterman. JM was not a true frosh (Dobbs). He already had been around one year.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Football IQ is what makes the Mannings so special. If Worley can get any kind of influence from this experience hopefully that will be the gift he receives.

BluezVol writes:

6-4 and 222 lbs? Wow - he has all the tools; perhaps he'll pan out after all. One thing is for sure, he'll have a very good offensive line and decent RBs to hand off too to keep the defenses honest. Look for a lot of deep corner routes, flat routes, throws to TE and screens to prevent INTs. He may not throw over the middle until after GA.

iowavol writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Your either a game ready SEC QB or your not and Worley has yet to prove he is..This reminds me way too much of the Crompton days.Kiffin did manage to make somewhat of a QB out of him but that was after a lot of losses!!Worley got his true test when Dooley put him in out of desperation against Vandy. His first pass was right into the belly of the CB.A lot of people said that was the WR's fault but what I saw was a simply a CB with decent inside position. I don't recall if he did much positive after that but keep in mind that was with NFL WR's and an Oline with 4 sure NFL prospects. There is little or no learning curve for SEC QB's if your a Junior that's had 2 years to hone your craft. Jones is not one to baby a QB but he is also not one to give a quick hook. Munchie had a lot of chances to prove himself last year at Cinncy but when he threw a wounded duck into the end zone for an Int. on a pass that would have won the game Munchie boy promptly spent most of the rest of the season riding the pine. Iam normally an optimist but all of us get the sense this team is hungry and ready to win and the last thing we need is 5 senseless losses at the expense of a JR QB trying to get his cr%p together..Been there done that !!!!!!!

I hear you and have a tendency to agree with you. The one wild card for me is that all we have seen from Worley heretofore is either mop up or dire circumstances with the benefit of perhaps the worst coaching in school history. I like the attitude and the body language, always have. I'm looking forward to what a good coach can do with him. Admittedly, I'm a bit hopeful as well.

chattabluetick writes:

in response to Crafty_Commodore_4118:

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Hey Candybilt Commodork you better savor that one in a row. The world as we know it will end before Candy Vandy ever beats the Tennessee Volunteers 24 straight years!

chattabluetick writes:

Hey Commodorks, the series with Tennessee was tied in 1950 with a record of 19-19-3. Since that time Vandy has a record of 7-55-1 against Tennessee. The theory that every blind hog finds an acorn every now and then has been proven to be true. Those wins over Tennessee have become so rare you better keep repeating 41-18 to yourself for a long time. 7 wins in 63 years, what a joke!

WaltGoVoIs writes:

Maybe the Vandy fans take heart from having as many arrests as thee Gators. They are starting to brag like the Gators.

Walt

UT '81

johnlg00 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Football IQ is what makes the Mannings so special. If Worley can get any kind of influence from this experience hopefully that will be the gift he receives.

Remember the stories we heard about how Peyton had volunteered--pun intended!--to help Bray, only to get brushed off? Somehow, Worley doesn't strike me as the type to squander an opportunity like that. We won't know until he both gets the job and then excels at it how much he was able to absorb and bring to the field. We haven't really seen enough of him to know what his upside potential might be. But if this experience doesn't help him enough, I don't think it will be because he didn't see the value in it or didn't try his best.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Remember the stories we heard about how Peyton had volunteered--pun intended!--to help Bray, only to get brushed off? Somehow, Worley doesn't strike me as the type to squander an opportunity like that. We won't know until he both gets the job and then excels at it how much he was able to absorb and bring to the field. We haven't really seen enough of him to know what his upside potential might be. But if this experience doesn't help him enough, I don't think it will be because he didn't see the value in it or didn't try his best.

Agreed, Bray seemed apathetic at best about possibly learning from Peyton and I'm certain PM sensed this as well.

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