Vols sub-merged at Florida in Nathan Peterman's first start

Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman (12) hands off to running back Marlin Lane (15) during the first half against Florida Saturday, Sep. 21, 2013 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.   (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman (12) hands off to running back Marlin Lane (15) during the first half against Florida Saturday, Sep. 21, 2013 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tennessee’s early season quarterback switch backfired dramatically on Saturday as redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman endured a nightmarish debut start that only magnified the problems on the Vols’ sluggish offense.

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Comments » 25

volbald writes:

Ah yes, brick-by-brick. Our QB's and receivers played like they had bricks for hands and our secondary covered like they had bricks in their pockets. Brick-by-brick, Go Vols.

MontanaVolNation writes:

Stick with this team, Vol fans. They not good, but they don't quit. Good things will eventually happen.

Snapshot writes:

I was all for giving Peterman a chance, but man, that was ugly. Not sure we have the qb. of the future, could be one of the freshman I suppose.

Cut out those turnovers and with just an average qb., this was a winnable game for the Vols. Oh well, recruit, recruit and recruit!

AxeMan writes:

I'm sure they work hard and are dedicated, but those two QBs just aren't up to SEC level competition. That's not to say they couldn't excel at another level, but this is NFL lite. South Alabama needs to be audition for the other two freshmen. I've got to say hats off to the whole team, they never quit.

MikeNPS writes:

There have been a few times in the past in which UT teams which were much more talented than the current team played worse in Gainesville and appeared to give up in the fourth quarter. This year's team does not give up. I attribute that to their coaching.

gbo78 writes:

At least we have one less variable in the quarterback equation now. From a long-term perspective, that's progress.

BradWhite writes:

We are so many years away for competing for anything. So sad how far we have fallen.

Caspian writes:

Liked the resiliency. Seems like Worley is starting to settle down a little bit. Made a very nice throw to Croom over the middle. I think there's a possibility of a break-out game against a ranked opponent.

Orange_Power_T writes:

We are just not the SEC level of talent of our opponents. Our O line was ranked the best in the SEC yet we are not capable of blowing anyone off the line of scrimmage. When our opponents 2nd string QB makes us envious verses our 1st string, there is a disparity in talent. Our receivers are dropping passes that are in their hands. Guys, this is symptomatic of poor recruiting over a long period of time.
As not to be entirely negative, I do see improvement in this team and I would like to believe this is due to coaching. This team did not quit, they played until the end. Neal has done a good job finishing his runs and tries to get everything he can out of it. Our defense is MUCH improved. AJ is the bright spot on defense, probably the most talented. Brewer has done well with the switch.
There is no quick fix here. It will take a few years before we reach our normal level of great talent. CBJ seems to be making headway in this area. I like what CBJ is doing and feel he will get the job done. We as fans will have to stop thinking there is a magic wand and give Jones his due time to rebuild. He wants to be at Tenn. and understands that it is a re-building process. Good for him, I respect him for that. As for myself, I need to remove myself from that "next year" mentality and realize that we will get to the level we need to be once again, but we are literally building brick by brick.

TheBoss writes:

The Vols suck. It is what it is. Get over it, Vol fans.

Farragut_Resident writes:

So they play South Alabama next?

Does anyone know if South Alabama is a two year or four year degree granting institution?

Just wondering since their first game was against Austin Peay High School and their second game was against Western Kentucky Community College. Those were performances to be REAL proud of. Can't imagine what's gone wrong since.

Farragut_Resident writes:

Don't feel bad folks. Now that the hard games are out of the way, it should be smooth sailing from here on out. All you have to do now is face Alabama, Georgia, and Steve Spurrier. And if those games don't go well then maybe you need to consider joining a conference more your speed like the ACC or the MAC.

SmokeysPup writes:

was that Robin Williams playing QB for the VOLS to start the game??? I'm sure coach is kicking himself. He knows now that if he had started Worley we win that game. I mean seriously in the first half when we had the ball in field goal range I was hoping we would run off tackle or a trap 3 plays and kick a field goal. That would have been 9 more points for us and 7 less for them. You do the math

MikeNPS writes:

in response to Farragut_Resident:

Don't feel bad folks. Now that the hard games are out of the way, it should be smooth sailing from here on out. All you have to do now is face Alabama, Georgia, and Steve Spurrier. And if those games don't go well then maybe you need to consider joining a conference more your speed like the ACC or the MAC.

In case you have not noticed, teams from the ACC (Clemson and Miami) have beaten several highly ranked SEC teams (Georgia and Florida).

MikeNPS writes:

in response to SmokeysPup:

was that Robin Williams playing QB for the VOLS to start the game??? I'm sure coach is kicking himself. He knows now that if he had started Worley we win that game. I mean seriously in the first half when we had the ball in field goal range I was hoping we would run off tackle or a trap 3 plays and kick a field goal. That would have been 9 more points for us and 7 less for them. You do the math

You are out of touch with reality if you think the Vols would have won that game, even if Worley had started.

jandjhome#228397 writes:

Please Coach show us Riley F. Saturday.

Farragut_Resident writes:

in response to MikeNPS:

In case you have not noticed, teams from the ACC (Clemson and Miami) have beaten several highly ranked SEC teams (Georgia and Florida).

in case you haven't noticed, there are really only a couple of good teams in the ACC, whereas the SEC has a half dozen and sometimes more, just not UT for the past several years. But I get your point, UT sucks so bad they probably would even be over their head in the ACC. MAC it is then.

vq4nfo writes:

Going against Florida in the swamp, after the worst loss in UT history in Oregon, switching quarterbacks, a freshman with no starts in the SEC?

I had to look twice to see if Coach Dooley was on the sidelines running the offense again. LMBO What the heck were they thinking?

That first quarter really put the momentum in UT's favor!LOL

gc_scvol writes:

WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO! But to all you quitters, I suspect you do the same in your personal affairs. We know we need more time and talent to be competitive. If you don't realize that, you're pretty slow. Also KNS, I will not pay for the same old BS I had to read on the old site. Patrol this website, block the trolls, or lose the real fans who want to talk foot ball, not traSH

maciste54 writes:

Personally, I'll take Worley's "bland efficiency" any day if they can win some games with it. His job is to protect the ball and get it into the hands of what few playmakers they have.

maciste54 writes:

I hope they have some ointment for edge burn. They will get hammered on the edges all year on defense. No overall team speed is glaringly evident. Still.....GBO And CBJ ! Recruit !

Vol-in-GA writes:

in response to vq4nfo:

Going against Florida in the swamp, after the worst loss in UT history in Oregon, switching quarterbacks, a freshman with no starts in the SEC?

I had to look twice to see if Coach Dooley was on the sidelines running the offense again. LMBO What the heck were they thinking?

That first quarter really put the momentum in UT's favor!LOL

Yeah, but if it had work, it would have been the greatest coaching decision ever. Let's give the coaches the benefit of doubt. They know what they saw, they made a call. As someone else posted, 2-2, right where we thought we'd be. Kevin Bacon from Animal House, "All is well, stay calm..."

Snapshot writes:

in response to TheBoss:

The Vols suck. It is what it is. Get over it, Vol fans.

Get over it? Who do you think you are to tell Vol fans to "get over it"? You sure as h€ll are not my boss, so don't tell me how to feel!

southernbelle79 writes:

To build brick by brick, you gotta have good clay. Which is why we have to give this coach 3-4 years. He has shown he can gather good clay, through recruiting. But his guys are freshman. So, it will take time for them to mature. Then we will see how much of the keystone kops play is poor preparation (coaching) and how much is player talent.

Unless Jones changes his mind and tries out one of the true freshman at quarterback, we are in for a long season this year, and, at best, a so-so season next year.

fannotsheep writes:

Tyler Bray was the starter for a reason. But Worley is a long way ahead if you ask me, which you didn't.

I thought Jones would try someone capable of running his spread option or read option or whatever it is. Instead we bring in a guy no better suited than Worley -- and totally not ready for prime time -- and end up destroying his confidence. He ain't the first to get chomped in the swamp. Peyton and Bray and other top tier guys have been there and done about as bad.

Didn't see any reason anyone thought this QB would be an improvement. If you want to try one of the freshmen to see if he can play Jones' game it's fine by me. Even though the O-line is looking less like All Americans and more like they miss Coach Pittman, next year will be worse in the trenches. Let's try to win some games!

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