After another shaky performance by Justin Worley, Tennessee coach Butch Jones has thrown open the quarterback race to everyone -- including true freshmen Riley Ferguson and Joshua Dobbs.
“The position is open,” Jones said. “Whoever has the best week of practice will play.”
Worley has completed 35 of 57 passes for 372 yards. He’s thrown five touchdowns and only one interception, but has struggled to find receivers downfield.
Jones emphasized that all four quarterbacks will get reps in practice this week as the Vols (2-1) open the SEC season at Florida (1-1) at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville (TV: CBS, 3:30 p.m.)
"We're going to open it up,” he said.
Ferguson and Dobbs have yet to play a college snap. Jones said redshirt freshman backup Nathan Peterman is also in the mix. Jones said Peterman always comes in early to watch film and is incredibly dedicated.
He also has the ability to run, something Worley hasn’t been able to do with success.
Jones said he doesn’t need a pure dual-threat quarterback, but he does need a quarterback who can take four or five yards when the opportunity is there.
"We're just looking for our quarterbacks to be efficient in the run game,” he said.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.