Tennessee Seeking Consistency at Quarterback
After securing a loaded recruiting class filled with 34 talented players, head coach Butch Jones heads into spring practice with a lot of hope and optimism. And it's been a while since that's been the case in Knoxville.
But for Tennessee to compete for SEC championships, it first needs to sure up things at the most important position on the field:
After a disastrous season a year ago filled with injuries and simply bad play, Jones and his staff are looking to find the quarterback that will be consistent enough to lead Tennessee to glory once again.
The good news is that the Vols have four to choose from. The bad news is that none of the four have proven to be an elite SEC quarterback.
But that could change this spring.
Justin Worley, Josh Dobbs, Nathan Peterman, and Riley Ferguson will all have the opportunity in spring practice to win the starting job, and if it were up to Tennessee fans, the latter would be himself to be the cream of the crop.
Why? Because Ferguson is the only one they haven't seen play in an actual game.
Vol fans remember what it was like to watch the inconsistency at quarterback last season, so who could blame them for wanting to check out what Ferguson has to offer? The redshirt freshman is the only one of the four with a bit of mystery surrounding him, making it easy to see why fans are intrigued.
There's always the chance though that Worley, Dobbs, or Peterman could impress everyone with a great spring and claim the starting spot. In order to do that, all three will need to be better than they were in 2013.
At this point, Worley or Ferguson seem like the best bets.
Worley has by no means been spectacular during his career at Tennessee, but if no one else steps up to win the job, his experience will at least be worth something.
On the other hand, if Ferguson proves to be the man for the job, it gives the Vols a foundation to build on with a plethora of young talent on offense around him.
But no matter who wins the job, consistency will need to be the calling card of the starting quarterback for the Vols come August. It can't be like a year ago when turnovers reigned supreme.
Four men for one job? Welcome to spring practice in Knoxville.
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