John Adams: QB drama: Nathan Peterman out, Justin Worley in, Riley Ferguson next?

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University of Tennessee quarterback Riley Ferguson (10), left, looks for an open receiver while under pressure during the Vols' opening scrimmage of the fall 2013 season at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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University of Tennessee quarterback Riley Ferguson (10), left, looks for an open receiver while under pressure during the Vols' opening scrimmage of the fall 2013 season at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Quarterback Nathan Peterman started his first college football game Saturday afternoon.

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Comments » 4

utfans#211352 writes:

Unfortunate, but all true.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to utfans#211352:

Unfortunate, but all true.

Alas, it is so. Too bad about Peterman. IMHO, he never had a chance going in for his first-ever college start in the Swamp with THIS team. Missing all that practice time with his hand injury is an extra bummer. Despite the reservations I have stated elsewhere, I guess it IS time to see what one of the freshmen can do, though I would prefer that CBJ not rush one of them into the starting role unless Worley gets hurt or completely breaks down mentally.

vut5686#1405392 writes:

I read the Adams bit twice and if there is a point, I missed it. I am a senior, and as long as I have lived, the most trite comment of all times is that, "The most popular player on the team is the back-up quarterback." Everybody always wants to see him when the team struggles.

Few coaches will refuse to play their best QB, or team leader. That is, unless a less talented QB is the son of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. It just might be the freshmen have not played, regardless of their potential, because they are not ready. And, as we have seen, even showing it in practice often does not translate to the field. Or, the Swamp. Or, against Alabama.

We have a mediocre team; they seem capable of improving. It will be a trying year. We will not beat ranked opponents until we get some more talent, and rushing a freshmen into a game will do little to change that. If one is used this week...and I would not oppose that...it is really not newsworthy. I always just wish JA would give us something new...or newsworthy.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to vut5686#1405392:

I read the Adams bit twice and if there is a point, I missed it. I am a senior, and as long as I have lived, the most trite comment of all times is that, "The most popular player on the team is the back-up quarterback." Everybody always wants to see him when the team struggles.

Few coaches will refuse to play their best QB, or team leader. That is, unless a less talented QB is the son of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. It just might be the freshmen have not played, regardless of their potential, because they are not ready. And, as we have seen, even showing it in practice often does not translate to the field. Or, the Swamp. Or, against Alabama.

We have a mediocre team; they seem capable of improving. It will be a trying year. We will not beat ranked opponents until we get some more talent, and rushing a freshmen into a game will do little to change that. If one is used this week...and I would not oppose that...it is really not newsworthy. I always just wish JA would give us something new...or newsworthy.

Good post; agree with all. CBJ has repeatedly said that rebuilding the Vol program is going to be a process that can only be done "brick by brick". CBJ seemed to let impatience push him into what was likely a mistake in retrospect. Most of us fans knew going in that this was likely to be a tough season. Who could have been surprised that the Vols are 2-2 right now?

Sure, it looks now as if the Vols might have had a better chance to win in the Swamp than we might have thought in August, and it is at least possible that if they had stayed with Worley as the starter, they might not have matched Florida's turnovers with their own. Coming up with only three points on at least two red-zone TO's--not counting Swafford's pick-six--is NOT the way to beat Florida at their place, and for all his lack of flash, I would have given Worley a better chance of converting those opportunities than any other QB they have at this time. Change for the sake of change is analogous to the old military saying: "Order, counter-order, disorder".

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