published Monday, October 24th, 2011

Justin Worley named UT's starting quarterback

Quarterback Justin Worley of the University Tennessee football team answers questions during media day at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on August 14, 2011.
Quarterback Justin Worley of the University Tennessee football team answers questions during media day at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on August 14, 2011.
Photo by Alex Washburn.

KNOXVILLE - Justin Worley, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound freshman, will start at quarterback for Tennessee when the Volunteers try to snap a three-game losing streak against 14th-ranked South Carolina on Saturday night.

Worley, who entered UT's loss to Alabama last week in the fourth quarter, replaces Matt Simms, who started the last two games in place of Tyler Bray (broken thumb).

"I just feel like that for us to go out and try to win games, we’re not throwing and catching the way we need to and we’re not calling the game the way we want to," coach Derek Dooley said. "And so, we just need to make this move. I just feel like it’s the right one -- it’s not something that’s done on a whim. You know, we have a lot of data to make a switch, we don’t have a lot of data on Justin."

Freshman Marcus Jackson will replace James Stone at left guard, and Dooley said Justin Coleman, Byron Moore and Rod Wilks could see more playing time in the secondary.

More details on line and in Tuesday's Times Free Press. Follow Vols beat writer Patrick Brown on Twitter for more updates.

about Patrick Brown...

Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...

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Salsa said...

Just think, if that moron Kiffin hadn't run him off from his scholarship commitment TN could have Tajh Boyd at QB right now. Kiffin decided to recruit Simms instead.

October 24, 2011 at 3:44 p.m.
ChattaDawg said...

Thought Sims played pretty well first half against Bama. He has to start against the number 1 and number 2 teams in America. Think the DEFENSE is the side that needs big improvement.....giving up 33 in the second half to Bama.

Dooley may not be the answer.

October 24, 2011 at 9:19 p.m.
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