Butch Jones confirms QB Justin Worley out, Josh Dobbs will start on Saturday

Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) runs with the ball escaping Alabama defensive back Landon Collins (26) during the second half Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) runs with the ball escaping Alabama defensive back Landon Collins (26) during the second half Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee starting quarterback Justin Worley will miss an indefinite period of time after undergoing surgery on his thumb, Vols coach Butch Jones confirmed on Tuesday.

Worley's injury means true freshman quarterback Josh Dobbs will make his first career start on Saturday at Missouri.

The Vols (4-4, 1-3 SEC) play the 10th-ranked Tigers (7-1, 3-1) on Saturday (TV: ESPN, 7 p.m.) at Faurot Field in Columbia.

Dobbs, a native of Alpharetta, Ga. who signed with the Vols in February, entered in the second half of UT's loss to top-ranked Alabama last Saturday after Worley reaggravated his thumb injury.

Worley, a junior from Rock Hill, S.C., originally injured the thumb when he banged his throwing hand on the helmet of a South Carolina player on Oct. 19. His hand was wrapped against Alabama, but he appeared to reinjure the thumb when he threw an interception in the second quarter.

Worley sent a tweet Monday morning that said, “Everything happens for a reason.” It was later deleted.

The Sports Animal radio host Jimmy Hyams first reported Worley's injury on Tuesday afternoon.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.

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Comments » 11

Caneoverthere writes:

Go Vols & go Dobbs.

wigmeister writes:

Make us proud Josh!

slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

Good Luck Son.
Win, Lose or Draw You "Da" Man now.

underthehill writes:

Not good ..don't matter who starts..you need more than one qb..looks like backup may be another freshman..not good..

underthehill writes:

Work long and hard this week learning when to slide..

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

This kid has to have great instincts or he wouldn't be as intelligent as he is. All he needs to do is play as close as he can to the game against the "red team" and we'll be as well off as possible.

carolinafire#256960 writes:

Josh will do a good job, Tennessee needs a quarterback that can run and pass.

SewaneeVolFan writes:

I'm sorry for Worley, who has given his all for UT, and done as much as he could to make the most out of himself as a player and a leader. Just like every other player ever, some things he could have done better -- and Peyton could have beaten Florida. Justin Worley obviously isn't Peyton, but he did lead the first win over a ranked team in four years, and that ain't chopped chicken liver. It's at least one of those bricks Coach Jones talks about.

oldschoolvol writes:

The Josh Dobbs Era begins this Saturday. Hope Dobbs' first start turns out the same way as a certain other freshman QB's first start did on Oct. 1, 1994.

ModelMaker writes:

I am really looking forward to watching Josh play. I got the feeling when watching him play in the Alabama game that he was going to get it done. I thought he did just that. I believe he will do just fine against Missouri but like underthehill I think he needs to slide when he know's he is going to be hit.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ModelMaker:

I am really looking forward to watching Josh play. I got the feeling when watching him play in the Alabama game that he was going to get it done. I thought he did just that. I believe he will do just fine against Missouri but like underthehill I think he needs to slide when he know's he is going to be hit.

That last is especially cogent advice, given that the next guy in would most likely be ANOTHER freshman seeing his first action.

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