Nathan Peterman will start for Vols against Florida

Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman (12) got s few throws during the second half against Austin Peay at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Michael Patrick, Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman (12) got s few throws during the second half against Austin Peay at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee redshirt freshman quarterback Nathan Peterman will make his first career start on Saturday at Florida, the Vols announced just 90 minutes before kickoff.

Tennessee's offense had sputtered in the first three games, and the Vols (2-1) will play the Gators (1-1), which have one of the most formidable defenses in the country (TV: CBS, 3:30 p.m.)

A native of Fruit Cove, Fla., Peterman redshirted in 2012. He has played in all three games this year in a relief role, completing 6 of 12 passes for 40 yards.

Peterman unseated junior starter Justin Worley who had completed 35 of 57 passes for 357 yards with five touchdowns and one interception in three games.

Worley won the starting job after a lengthy competition that spanned spring and summer.

The Vols also have two true freshman quarterbacks, Riley Ferguson and Josh Dobbs. Dobbs was not on the travel roster for the Florida game, so Ferguson will likely be the third option if the Vols choose to go deeper on their bench.

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Comments » 16

UTANDNOBAMA writes:

I really just don't know what to say.

bUTch__please writes:

Well...will be nice to see a confident, tight spiral zipping downfield. Hopefully toward a target in well run route. This should be interesting.

Go Team #117!

UTANDNOBAMA writes:

He looks like Barney Fife in that picture above.

writer#358485 writes:

As much as I hate it for Worley, who has done his best and is a class act, it probably was time for a change. Worley just isn't a solid passer. Whenever he tries to go more than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, he seems to be off target. It was the same in his appearances in previous years. Hang in there Worley, you may be back, but work on that accuracy! Go Vols!

Alpha-Snail writes:

Against the tough Florida defense, Worley would likely never turn the ball over...and never score.

Win or loose today, our best hope for the rest of the season is Peterman. Grow up fast, young man. Grow up fast.

bUTch__please writes:

Worst case...game turns out just like everyone in the universe has predicted.

Best case...folk hero!

Either way, at least there'll be something to talk about besides Phils meals on wheels.

johnlg00 writes:

Oh well! I just hope Peterman does a decent job; if he messes up bad, making a change like this just before a big game will look like panic, which, IMHO, is the last kind of impression CBJ can afford to leave on a fairly traumatized fan base and team.

Pulling for you all the way, Nathan! The immediate future of the program is on your shoulders now. Hope you are up to bearing that burden!

wilk58 writes:

This makes me think of Dooley pulling Simmms for Worley two years ago. Wait and see I guess.

volbald writes:

Peterman's turned the ball over twice in a row to Fla. Way to go Coach. What a joke.

wilk58 writes:

Worley looking pretty good rite now game manager maybe not so bad

southernbelle79 writes:

Time to bring in one of the true freshmen.

eutefan#213401 writes:

A winning coach would have replaced Peterman with Worley when Florida's QB left the game on crutches.

woody45#537767 writes:

This lying head coach must think he's still at Cincy! The yankee said he understood the importance of the TN & Fl game and he rants on the sidelines like a Nero while Rome burns. Nothing is showing up on the offensive side of the game. Defensive ends coach needs to be let go!

volbald writes:

Fla.'s lead is on the coaches. We should be snapping the ball to one of the running backs and at least staying on the field long enough to punt and put Fla. further back on the field. I thought Jones and co. were smarter than this. Peterman should have been pulled after second turnover. Fla. would probably beat us anyway but we could have stayed in the game longer. Jones had better quit just yelling during practices and start coaching.

volbald writes:

Looks like we found a quarterback even if he can't complete 50% of his passes. Finally a series without a turnover. What a state of affairs! Go Vols. Beat Fla.

underthehill writes:

in response to woody45#537767:

This lying head coach must think he's still at Cincy! The yankee said he understood the importance of the TN & Fl game and he rants on the sidelines like a Nero while Rome burns. Nothing is showing up on the offensive side of the game. Defensive ends coach needs to be let go!

Don't know about letting the defensive end coach go..but I know I have never seen a defensive end take an inside slant and leave the outside with no one for about 10 yards..I do agree there is not much on offense..

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