KNOXVILLE — The suspense is over.
And it ended as expected.
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones named senior Justin Worley the Volunteers' starting quarterback at his media day news conference on Thursday afternoon.
Worley won the job last year and started seven games, including Tennessee's upset of South Carolina and near-upset of Georgia, and beat out sophomores Nathan Peterman and Josh Dobbs after recovering from a thumb injury that ended his 2013 season in October.
"He's earned the right," Jones said.
Jones said the battle for the No. 2 job between Peterman and Dobbs is "ongoing."
Tennessee opens the season Aug. 31 against Utah State at Neyland Stadium.
More coverage online and in Friday's Times Free Press.
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 ...