Tennessee will open practice on Friday with a true quarterback battle, and the Vols released the depth chart to prove it.
Junior Justin Worley and redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman are listed jointly at No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart posted to UT’s website on Wednesday.
It was the first official depth chart released by coach Butch Jones in his eight-month tenure.
There were few surprises. Generally, players who were healthy and participated in spring practice were given the nod before players who had to sit out due to injuries.
The depth chart lists Alex Bullard before Marcus Jackson at left guard in what is considered the only major battle along the offensive line.
Notably, junior running back Marlin Lane, who missed part of spring practice due to disciplinary issues but was later reinstated, is not listed on the depth chart. Alden Hill is No. 2 behind starter Rajion Neal.
Cody Blanc, Pig Howard and Jason Croom are listed as starting receivers, before Paul Harris, MarQuez North, Devrin Young and Vincent Dallas.
On defense, senior Daniel Hood was given the nod at nose tackle next to fellow tackle Daniel McCullers. Senior Maurice Couch, who could push for a job on the inside, missed all of spring due to injury and is listed on the second team.
Marlon Walls and Jacques Smith are listed as starting ends, before Corey Miller and Jordan Williams.
Dontavis Sapp, A.J. Johnson and Brent Brewer are the three starting linebackers, although Curt Maggitt, who missed spring due to injuries, could push his way past Brewer for a job.
Justin Coleman and Riyahd Jones are listed as the starting cornerbacks, with Brian Randolph and LaDarrell McNeil at safety and Jaron Toney at nickelback. McNeil, only a sophomore, got the nod over senior Byron Moore, who could still win the job in camp.
Two of the three true freshmen listed on the depth chart are corners: Cameron Sutton and Malik Foreman will begin camp on the second team.
Senior Michael Palardy is listed as the first option on field goals, punts and kickoffs, while Young and Howard are bracketed first and second on the return teams.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.