Jones settles on starting quarterback for Tennessee

Justin Worley will be the University of Tennessee’s starting quarterback.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior out of Rock Hill, S.C., was the choice over sophomores Nathan Peterman and Josh Dobbs. All three started at least one game last season.

Coach Butch Jones made the announcement Thursday afternoon during a press briefing as part of the team's media day activities.

"I believe Justin is playing the best football that he's played in a long time,” Jones said, according to the Associated Press.

The job is nothing new to Worley. He was the starter in last year’s opener following a four-man battle in camp. He played in eight games (seven starts) before thumb surgery caused him to miss the final four contests. He also started three times as a freshman in 2011.

For his career he has completed 172 of 306 passes (56.2 percent) for 1,977 yards with 11 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Worley led the Volunteers to an upset of South Carolina last season but was hurt the next week against Alabama. His best statistical game was a victory over Middle Tennessee State during his freshman season when he set career-highs with 23 completions, 32 attempts and 291 passing yards.

Tennessee opens the season, its second under Jones, Aug. 31 against Utah State.