Riley Ferguson embraces Vols' quarterback battle

Riley Ferguson
Pos. Ht. Wt.: QB 6-3 180
Hometown: Matthews, N.C.
School: Butler


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Riley Ferguson Pos. Ht. Wt.: QB 6-3 180 Hometown: Matthews, N.C. School: Butler (247Sports)

KNOXVILLE — The determination and motivation are easy to discern in Riley Ferguson's voice.

The Tennessee quarterback signee from Butler High School near Charlotte, N.C., clearly has his gaze turned toward the competition he'll join this summer.

"I've thought about the competition, but there's going to be competition everywhere," Ferguson said Wednesday morning. "I just have to look at it how I looked at it coming into high school: There's going to be people above me, but I just have to show my coaches and everybody around me on my team that I can get the job done and I can be the starter. Whoever is best for the job gets it."

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Bark_at_the_Moon writes:

Love the attitude!

jakethevolguy writes:

in response to Bark_at_the_Moon:

Love the attitude!

Ditto!

6972 writes:

My hat goes off to any kid that is willing to by pass his home state universities to be a Vol.
Best of luck young man. Build some great memories for yourself and we will share in them.

usafvol writes:

in response to jakethevolguy:

Ditto!

Same here fellas..

BigBadVol writes:

Best of luck to all these young men. The character of these players are light years ahead of those Kiffin brought in. Dooley brought in kids with good character, but he couldn't coach.

Jakevol writes:

Hope the Carolina CLT guy can do it.

Rumblefish writes:

Anyone else get the feeling that this year is going to be a "lame duck" year for the QB position?

I get the feeling that Dobbs or Ferguson starting in 2014 is the "actual" start of getting this ship pointed in the right direction.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I still like Worley to start...but who knows really? They are coming in to take the job and I love that. Worley obviously has the experience advantage along with Peterman. I'm looking forward to seeing them all.

usafvol writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Anyone else get the feeling that this year is going to be a "lame duck" year for the QB position?

I get the feeling that Dobbs or Ferguson starting in 2014 is the "actual" start of getting this ship pointed in the right direction.

You make a good point. The QB position is what scares me most about this coming year.

jhncpps1 writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Anyone else get the feeling that this year is going to be a "lame duck" year for the QB position?

I get the feeling that Dobbs or Ferguson starting in 2014 is the "actual" start of getting this ship pointed in the right direction.

Hey who knows one of them may start this year if they win the battle. The last time UT started a true freshman QB on opening day they won the SEC east

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Anyone else get the feeling that this year is going to be a "lame duck" year for the QB position?

I get the feeling that Dobbs or Ferguson starting in 2014 is the "actual" start of getting this ship pointed in the right direction.

I see your point, but I believe Peterman is a keeper..The man is a beast and working his arese off to be ready this Spring. I love our freshman qb's, (especially the rocket scientist) but neither he nor Ferguson are even close to being as physically ready as Worley or Peterman are. They need about 2 years of maturation in the gym especially before they're ready. I might add UT had no choice with Bray and had to throw him in way too early because Simms' was so horrible..

grandtad#1402265 writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Anyone else get the feeling that this year is going to be a "lame duck" year for the QB position?

I get the feeling that Dobbs or Ferguson starting in 2014 is the "actual" start of getting this ship pointed in the right direction.

I agree and will also add that Dobbs reminds me of Peyton Manning as much as being football wise.

dcap8424 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I see your point, but I believe Peterman is a keeper..The man is a beast and working his arese off to be ready this Spring. I love our freshman qb's, (especially the rocket scientist) but neither he nor Ferguson are even close to being as physically ready as Worley or Peterman are. They need about 2 years of maturation in the gym especially before they're ready. I might add UT had no choice with Bray and had to throw him in way too early because Simms' was so horrible..

Let me know if you decide if you're going to add that last part about playing Bray too soon. If you don't add it, then I will.

Might add... really?

Rumblefish writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I see your point, but I believe Peterman is a keeper..The man is a beast and working his arese off to be ready this Spring. I love our freshman qb's, (especially the rocket scientist) but neither he nor Ferguson are even close to being as physically ready as Worley or Peterman are. They need about 2 years of maturation in the gym especially before they're ready. I might add UT had no choice with Bray and had to throw him in way too early because Simms' was so horrible..

Worley has done nothing so far to give me any optimism about him. But, didn't Jones heavily recruit Peterman while he was at Cincy?

jack4444 writes:

The offense will be no where as quarterback centric as it was the last couple of years.

When Bray screwed up Tennessee lost. End of story. Vols won't be as explosive downfield next year but they also won't be as reliant on the QB making big plays with his arm.

PUL4VOLS writes:

Great to have a guy like Riley Ferguson enroute to Tennessee. It is not a bad deal to have a "battle" going on and a couple of Freshmen legitimately in the mix. I along with an earlier poster believe this season will be a try it and see deal. Worley and Peterman may be the guys to get the JonesGang offense off the ground. If so, let them do it and let Dobbs/Ferguson grow a bit before being thrown to the SEC wolves. In any event even with concerns about quarterbacking, anticipation for this coming season is better for me than it's been in quite some time and I was no Doolaider nor Dool-negativite. I just want the Tennessee Volunteers to be the best they can be and get back to the Orange and White winning ways.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Worley has done nothing so far to give me any optimism about him. But, didn't Jones heavily recruit Peterman while he was at Cincy?

That's true, Peterman was heavily recruited by Cincy/Jones, in fact, UT recruited him out from under Cincy as they were originally the leaders to land him.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to dcap8424:

Let me know if you decide if you're going to add that last part about playing Bray too soon. If you don't add it, then I will.

Might add... really?

Okay SA..I'll go ahead and add that..Gees, you people are really too critical about writing on this site..GTH, really..

Rumblefish writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

That's true, Peterman was heavily recruited by Cincy/Jones, in fact, UT recruited him out from under Cincy as they were originally the leaders to land him.

Welp...here's to Peterman coming in and shocking us all this year!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Welp...here's to Peterman coming in and shocking us all this year!

Here's another tidbit..Peterman (before his injury last Spring) was ahead of Worley on the depth chart and was closing in on Bray.

OrangePride writes:

There were those who saw Bray's departure as a probable step back for Tennessee (although a lot of other folks on the board were happy he opted for the NFL). But the QB position looks really solid based on this article. The key is going to be how our receivers step into their roles. The OL should provide plenty of protection and the foundation for a solid run game. What I expect is that we will see less of the 30 yard pass plays on 3rd and 2, and a much more disciplined, play within ourselves approach. Oh how sweet that will be. I want to do that first down fist punch a WHOOOOOLE LOT this year. Can't wait! GO VOLS!!

PUL4VOLS writes:

in response to OrangePride:

There were those who saw Bray's departure as a probable step back for Tennessee (although a lot of other folks on the board were happy he opted for the NFL). But the QB position looks really solid based on this article. The key is going to be how our receivers step into their roles. The OL should provide plenty of protection and the foundation for a solid run game. What I expect is that we will see less of the 30 yard pass plays on 3rd and 2, and a much more disciplined, play within ourselves approach. Oh how sweet that will be. I want to do that first down fist punch a WHOOOOOLE LOT this year. Can't wait! GO VOLS!!

I agree whole-heartedly OP. My hope is that the rbs will step it up this year. While Jabo is less than I had most hoped for in our getting another back, I hope that as was reported he comes through more as he supposedly did his junior year of high school. But it is absolutely essential that the new receivers and ones with little experience step up and make catches even if for 3 to 5 yards and get crucial first downs. I am hyped looking to spring ball. GO BIG ORANGE!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to OrangePride:

There were those who saw Bray's departure as a probable step back for Tennessee (although a lot of other folks on the board were happy he opted for the NFL). But the QB position looks really solid based on this article. The key is going to be how our receivers step into their roles. The OL should provide plenty of protection and the foundation for a solid run game. What I expect is that we will see less of the 30 yard pass plays on 3rd and 2, and a much more disciplined, play within ourselves approach. Oh how sweet that will be. I want to do that first down fist punch a WHOOOOOLE LOT this year. Can't wait! GO VOLS!!

I don't think Bray ever passed the ball well in the seam..His post pattern passing was very accurate, but even the most pass happy offenses only get to attempt the bombs away post pattern a couple of times a game. His biggest liability was the intermediate routes and extending plays that were well covered. He didn't move around well in the pocket and he had a bad habit of looking down his initial read. Other than that, he had an exceptional arm..That's Bray in the nutshell, IMO..

baldingalum writes:

The key to this year's quarterback play stands seven yards behind whoever it is. We have to have a running back step up. I fear Neal isn't elusive enough and Lane is a step slow.

HooRay_Vol writes:

in response to usafvol:

Same here fellas..

Tritto....

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to baldingalum:

The key to this year's quarterback play stands seven yards behind whoever it is. We have to have a running back step up. I fear Neal isn't elusive enough and Lane is a step slow.

Neal is actually tailor-made for CBJ's offense. You don't need bruisers to compliment this style of offense. Neal and Lane are decent in space and that's what this offense gives you..Unlike Dooley's offense that was mostly attempting to run against a 50 front on short yardage or obvious running downs.

antonio14313 writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Anyone else get the feeling that this year is going to be a "lame duck" year for the QB position?

I get the feeling that Dobbs or Ferguson starting in 2014 is the "actual" start of getting this ship pointed in the right direction.

i always felt that worley was pretty close to bray in talent, but just lacked the playing time. we'll see just how accurate my opinions were this fall. go vols!

t

antonio14313 writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Anyone else get the feeling that this year is going to be a "lame duck" year for the QB position?

I get the feeling that Dobbs or Ferguson starting in 2014 is the "actual" start of getting this ship pointed in the right direction.

na. i feel that dooley competed in the first halves of games, but lost all those games in the 3rd and/or 4th quarter. i think that coach jones will pick up that slack severly. go vols!

t

antonio14313 writes:

i can't wait to see the hurry up offense! go vols.

t

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to antonio14313:

i can't wait to see the hurry up offense! go vols.

t

Especially when it's being orchestrated by someone that knows what the h3ll they're doing..I remember UT trying to be be up tempo under Clawson's direction..Pathetic.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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Peterman was also CBJ's recruit, Toddy..Good grief, I remember when Kiffin was here and UT couldn't sign any qb's worth a flip..Now UT is finally getting it done recruiting qb's and you think it's because we don't have quality talent at that position??..To effectively compete you need to sign qb's heavy about every other year..That's to compensate for players leaving early etc.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Peterman will win out.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Know what I miss??

We used to sign QB's and RB's, then switch a lot of them to defense. This was logical, because in most high schools, the best athletes play either QB or RB.

Nowadays, rather than switch, coaches just kind of let these guys rot on the bench.

The last Clausen kid comes to mind: tough as as nails, NOT a super athlete, but smart; would have been a better safety than some of the kids we played there, who were constantly out of position.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to emailnodata:

Know what I miss??

We used to sign QB's and RB's, then switch a lot of them to defense. This was logical, because in most high schools, the best athletes play either QB or RB.

Nowadays, rather than switch, coaches just kind of let these guys rot on the bench.

The last Clausen kid comes to mind: tough as as nails, NOT a super athlete, but smart; would have been a better safety than some of the kids we played there, who were constantly out of position.

Oops, meant Sims, not Clausen.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to OrangePride:

There were those who saw Bray's departure as a probable step back for Tennessee (although a lot of other folks on the board were happy he opted for the NFL). But the QB position looks really solid based on this article. The key is going to be how our receivers step into their roles. The OL should provide plenty of protection and the foundation for a solid run game. What I expect is that we will see less of the 30 yard pass plays on 3rd and 2, and a much more disciplined, play within ourselves approach. Oh how sweet that will be. I want to do that first down fist punch a WHOOOOOLE LOT this year. Can't wait! GO VOLS!!

You're right about the O-line. Their experience will make life much easier for a young QB. If we don't get some O-linemen in next years recruiting class, we're gonna need Houdini at QB.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to antonio14313:

i always felt that worley was pretty close to bray in talent, but just lacked the playing time. we'll see just how accurate my opinions were this fall. go vols!

t

I'm pretty much with you on this. I said on another thread that we haven't really seen enough of Worley to know how successful he could be if he had a legitimate chance to start and got a fair share of reps with the #1 offense. Still, competition is nearly always a good thing, so it's nice to know we have options. As with everybody else, I love Riley's realistic and hard-nosed attitude. I think the offense will be more reliable if perhaps less explosive than it has been for the last few years. With some improvement in the defense, fewer coaching mistakes, and a little good luck for a change, the Vols might be better than we think right now. Not predicting how many wins they will get, but I think we should be able to see signs of hope pretty soon next season.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to emailnodata:

Oops, meant Sims, not Clausen.

I know what you mean, but, IMHO, BOTH of the Clausens were fair examples of the mental attitude you want in a QB, Casey perhaps a bit more than Ric. Neither had what you would call a rifle arm but both were competitive and good leaders. The Vols could do worse than have another Casey Clausen at QB next year, whoever ultimately wins the position.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to lemme_axya_this:

You're right about the O-line. Their experience will make life much easier for a young QB. If we don't get some O-linemen in next years recruiting class, we're gonna need Houdini at QB.

I agree. The Vols need RBs and O-linemen next year in a BIG way. If they don't get them, the future looks dark indeed.

Ironcity writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Anyone else get the feeling that this year is going to be a "lame duck" year for the QB position?

I get the feeling that Dobbs or Ferguson starting in 2014 is the "actual" start of getting this ship pointed in the right direction.

I totally disagree. I think the QB position will be one of strength. We have four capable QBs. Now its just a matter of one of them stepping up. The others should then be allowed to develop into better then average backups. add to it that the spread takes pressure off the QB to perform, I think this will be a position of strength. My biggest disappointment is I believe we are going to lose a fine QB either before the season starts or midway though because the writing will be on the wall that they may never play.

goldengate writes:

in response to emailnodata:

Know what I miss??

We used to sign QB's and RB's, then switch a lot of them to defense. This was logical, because in most high schools, the best athletes play either QB or RB.

Nowadays, rather than switch, coaches just kind of let these guys rot on the bench.

The last Clausen kid comes to mind: tough as as nails, NOT a super athlete, but smart; would have been a better safety than some of the kids we played there, who were constantly out of position.

I remember those days. Sadly, Mike Hamilton, and many other ignorant fans, ran that coach off. Less than a year after his next-to-last team played for the SEC championship, no less. Brilliant.

goldengate writes:

The kind of attitude, and intestinal fortitude, displayed by Riley Ferguson will serve him well in life, whether or not he ever starts a game as UT's QB.

Thanks for accepting the challenge and honoring your commitment, young man. Godspeed.

Go Vols!

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Why I think Peterman wins it:

regardless of CDD's "luck", he was a good football mind. UT, last season, was within a few plays of 9 wins or more.

Anyway, I got the distinct impression the staff was impressed with Peterman before he was injured.

We'll see, I guess. Worley has never impressed me at all, rattles easily. Seems to be another Joey Matthews.

Can any of you tell me how you think Jones will play the offense, with a decent O line and no receivers back?? I'm curious as hell about that.

GrandCanyonVol writes:

You don't win big with offence. You win big with defence. We had good offence this past year. We scored 50 and the other team would score 51. Whether or not we have defence will tell the tale of sucess this year. You always need to recruit big nasty linemen to win. We did not do well this year. Not good.....

johnlg00 writes:

in response to GrandCanyonVol:

You don't win big with offence. You win big with defence. We had good offence this past year. We scored 50 and the other team would score 51. Whether or not we have defence will tell the tale of sucess this year. You always need to recruit big nasty linemen to win. We did not do well this year. Not good.....

No question. To the RBs and O-linemen I mentioned above should be added as many D-line prospects as possible. Gosh, we sure do have a LOT of needs right now. Butch has a big hill to climb. It would be nice if more fans would help him push instead of jumping on his back.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to goldengate:

I remember those days. Sadly, Mike Hamilton, and many other ignorant fans, ran that coach off. Less than a year after his next-to-last team played for the SEC championship, no less. Brilliant.

To me, the UT coach who pursued that strategy most comprehensively was Doug Dickey. His first year, he recruited something like 10 or 12 QBs for the very reason the previous poster mentioned. One of them was Steve Kiner, who of course became one of the all-time great Vol linebackers. In fact, most of them, IIRC, became defensive players. I don't remember any of them complaining about the switch.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to GrandCanyonVol:

You don't win big with offence. You win big with defence. We had good offence this past year. We scored 50 and the other team would score 51. Whether or not we have defence will tell the tale of sucess this year. You always need to recruit big nasty linemen to win. We did not do well this year. Not good.....

Defense was down overall in the SEC last season. The conference was scored on heavily in the bowl games...even ND scored.

That said, it UT had even something close to a D last season, they'd have done well.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I don't think Bray ever passed the ball well in the seam..His post pattern passing was very accurate, but even the most pass happy offenses only get to attempt the bombs away post pattern a couple of times a game. His biggest liability was the intermediate routes and extending plays that were well covered. He didn't move around well in the pocket and he had a bad habit of looking down his initial read. Other than that, he had an exceptional arm..That's Bray in the nutshell, IMO..

Got to disagree with most of your observations on TB related to this year. His showed remarkable improvement from last year except in mobility. He made throws like Marino. His arm is a once in a generation gift from God. Too bad it is attached to the same body that supports his head.

claiborneh writes:

Tatts all over and earrings. What a punk dweeb.
Pulling for Dobbs-a real student athelete and sharp kid who will represent our university well

claiborneh writes:

Athlete

rbut5252#220065 writes:

I've not done a lot of research into Coach Jones. Does he have a history of playing 2 quarterbacks?

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