Justin Worley says he played 'all right,' replaced by Nathan Peterman in the fourth

Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley (14) during the first half against Oregon at Autzen Stadium Saturday, September 14, 2013, in Eugene, OR. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley (14) during the first half against Oregon at Autzen Stadium Saturday, September 14, 2013, in Eugene, OR. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

EUGENE, Ore. — Tennessee starting quarterback Justin Worley watched the waning moments of Saturday’s 59-14 loss at Oregon from the sideline.

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goobervol writes:

"I thought I played all right" Justin Worley

SEC qbs. do not have those words in their playing vocabularies. You are the reason we will never be successful because we need a leader who strives for perfection, not one who is satisfied with mediocrity.

bullfrog07 writes:

What game did Worley watch, this must been comment from last week. He missed some OPEN guys today. Unfortunately we are worse at QB than we have been since 2000 possibly longer. Not knocking him or trying to be negative but he just don't look like a quality QB. Maybe I'm missing something.

namici#1422384 writes:

Worley...if you thought you played "all right", then you got some skewed perspective of what it takes to win.

I saw so many wide open receivers under/over thrown that it reminded me of Crompton's early years.

Yeah, I know it's one game, but we Tennessee fans have seen this same set-up scenario for the season for the past 5 years. Oh dear lord. Here we go again....

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

His arm is weak.
The receivers are weaker.
This team is doomed.
Hamilton destroyed Tennessee football.
I was in Autzen, we are pathetic and a disgrace to the SEC.
Ugly Coach Jones, you were out coached and intimidated.
We have hit bottom.

underthehill writes:

Worley had a good start and I got my hopes up a bit..then he misses wide open receivers at crucial times..I think he must have played about as well as his talent level would let him..Peterman seems to have more arm strength..I expect to see more of him..

HATEaBAMA writes:

I honestly think doofus Dooley's approach to recruiting was "who do we think wants to come here with the least effort on my part?" Coach Jones will be fine, but it will take at least until year 3 to see us compete with the big boys, patience people, don't let too much negativity chase away valuable recruits.

BradWhite writes:

This was a humiliating loss beyond any embarrassment we've suffered, ever. Tennessee football has never been lower.

forkball writes:

Our day will come and anyone who thought it would come yesterday is delusional. All bandwagon guys please jump now, we will need the room later.

psychovol2 writes:

Not so fast my #2 pencil neck friend, you're quarterbacking did not rise to your expected standard of mediocre. Peterman brings a spark and a rifle arm by comparison. Dobbs brings something that is sorely needed in a QB that can run in this offense. We just got schooled in that!

rthomas#1424727 writes:

Worley is a high character kid and good for the locker room. However, I don't think TN has a shot in any or their SEC games this year with him as the starter. You can't run a read option, if there is never an option. If you can't complete passes, even short passes, you will never be able to sustain a running game, no matter how good your offensvie line is(unless you are Navy or Air Force).

slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

You negative dudes are entitled to your opinions but please don't share them with us.
We got a lot of work to do to get back to where we can compete again with the elite teams so sit down and shut up before someone slaps you.
Geeze give us a break.

payteevol writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

His arm is weak.
The receivers are weaker.
This team is doomed.
Hamilton destroyed Tennessee football.
I was in Autzen, we are pathetic and a disgrace to the SEC.
Ugly Coach Jones, you were out coached and intimidated.
We have hit bottom.

His arm is not weak; but he fails to throw accurately for various reasons. The team is not doomed or pathetic, and rock bottom was under Dooley. If we played in Autzen last year, it would have been worse.

Hamilton is gone, thank God.

Orange_Power_T writes:

in response to slb1zellwood#1421797:

You negative dudes are entitled to your opinions but please don't share them with us.
We got a lot of work to do to get back to where we can compete again with the elite teams so sit down and shut up before someone slaps you.
Geeze give us a break.

No excuse for Worley's comments. That's not being negative- just truthful. I think Bray has contaminated him permanently. No excuse for Jones not trying another QB. Competition makes one better.
No excuse for punting on fourth and 1. Field position doesn't mean a thing to the Ducks. Why couldn't Jones figure that out?
I'm not being negative, just my thoughts on the game. With a few top 10 recruiting classes we will start to compete again. In the meantime, let's play smart and adapt to the game at hand. Being stubborn with the game plan isn't working.

southernbelle79 writes:

Worley, like Johnny Manzel, needs his coach to yank his "talking to the media" privileges. Maybe let him sit out a game to give him time to think about the appropriate thing to say after leading your team to the worst defeat in 103 years.

Jones not playing either of his true freshman signals he sees this as a rebuilding year, and that he hopes to red shirt them both. That is either very smart or very dumb. But it does signal we are in for another long and unhappy season. I personally hopes he rethinks this before the next game.

volbald writes:

Our QB has a delusional view of the game. I hope Butch Jones knows better. A slew of different kinds of ***-whippings would more accurately describe the UT-Ore. game.

We won't win an SEC game with Worley at QB. The question is: does Jones allow UT to suffer the ignominy of another disastrous season without any indication of improvement or will he get the freshmen QB's ready ASAP.

Our defensive secondary if still a paved road to the end zone. So our offense has to be able to generate a few (few is better than none) time-consuming drives (whether we score or not) in order to keep the opposing team's offense off the field and minimize the margin of defeat.

We have to suffer through another disastrous season and it won't be a pretty picture. But if we see the team making progress with the freshman QB's we have a better chance of winning at the end of the season and next year. It's up to Jones. I hope he is not as delusional as Worley and makes the right decision this week. He had better if he wants to keep that Top-5 2014 recruiting class.

AtLannaVFL writes:

No. You did not play all right. Worley may be the better game manager. He managed us to a 52 point deficit. Peterman is a better runner and has a stronger arm. So what if he throws an interception here or there. It's because he takes chances when we need a first down or when he's trying to move the ball down the field. Worley looked nervous and intimidated. He never keeps the ball on the read option and the defense knows this so they don't even account for him. BUTCH PLEASE...if you want us to have a respectable season, START PETERMAN!

TommyJack writes:

in response to AtLannaVFL:

No. You did not play all right. Worley may be the better game manager. He managed us to a 52 point deficit. Peterman is a better runner and has a stronger arm. So what if he throws an interception here or there. It's because he takes chances when we need a first down or when he's trying to move the ball down the field. Worley looked nervous and intimidated. He never keeps the ball on the read option and the defense knows this so they don't even account for him. BUTCH PLEASE...if you want us to have a respectable season, START PETERMAN!

Agree. But this team cannot beat FL no matter our QB. Just too much Dooley on this squad. Better days ahead.

wigmeister writes:

Worley is a good HS quarterback, definitely. We need a good college quarterback. Don't believe he has the talent, physically or mentally to lead a college program in the SEC.

How can he really come out and say he played all right. He couldn't keep the offense on the field. With him at the helm we had one scoring drive.

We will improve through the year. I just don't think Worley has the b@lls to be an SEC quarterback.

GerryOP writes:

Did Justin Worley allow Oregon to score 59 points?

That's the "beauty" of theTennessee fanbase ... they know more than the coaches and they always "love" the backup QB! Remember Jon Crompton? The coaches made Compton look better by improving the performance of the recievers! But already, after a butt-kicking this fanbase is ready to "fire somebody."

Don't trash the kids and let's let that Jones-boy do his job. Most of you wouldn't know Worley if you bumped into him on the street, but you're ready to criticize him, call him names, and fire him. I guess that's the personnel policy where you work down at The King.

GerryOP writes:

in response to wigmeister:

Worley is a good HS quarterback, definitely. We need a good college quarterback. Don't believe he has the talent, physically or mentally to lead a college program in the SEC.

How can he really come out and say he played all right. He couldn't keep the offense on the field. With him at the helm we had one scoring drive.

We will improve through the year. I just don't think Worley has the b@lls to be an SEC quarterback.

How many points did Worley allow Oregon to score? Why is no one questioning the defense?

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to GerryOP:

How many points did Worley allow Oregon to score? Why is no one questioning the defense?

You are right in my opinion.It's not all Worley's fault. He was throwing under pressure all night long. The defense sucked harder than a Hoover. Oregon's speed will kill everyone they play. LET THE COACHES COACH.They are with these players every day. They know which QB is the better. We don't know Jack. If we did we wouldn't be here throwing dumb insults at young men that are doing the best they can with their limited abilities.We would have been better off to have never fired Fulmer.

allvol8 writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

You are right in my opinion.It's not all Worley's fault. He was throwing under pressure all night long. The defense sucked harder than a Hoover. Oregon's speed will kill everyone they play. LET THE COACHES COACH.They are with these players every day. They know which QB is the better. We don't know Jack. If we did we wouldn't be here throwing dumb insults at young men that are doing the best they can with their limited abilities.We would have been better off to have never fired Fulmer.

Good post by both you and Gerry

bUTch__please writes:

There is no QB, including Peyton, who can win with wide-outs running inconsistent routes and every proven slot receiver injured on the bench. Even if Wobbles had connected on the, what 2? 3?, passes he missed by 14 yards it still wouldn't have affected the outcome of the game. Sure, let's stick a Freshman, we've got three to choose from, behind center. That way no one out there has a clue.

In case you failed to notice, we didn't run well enough to move the chains and our Freshman/walk-on secondary got napalmed for 450+ yards. Yup, blame Wobbles.

We watched the next National Championship team torch our too-young squad. Time to pull up the big-girl panties and move on.

Go TEAM #117!

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