Fresh off a nightmare debut as Tennessee’s starting quarterback, redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman is going on the shelf. And not just because of his first-half performance in the Vols’ 31-17 loss to Florida on Saturday.
UT coach Butch Jones announced today that Peterman will miss at least four weeks after having surgery on his throwing hand yesterday. Justin Worley — who came on in relief on Saturday — is Tennessee’s starter “as of right now,” according to Jones. The Volunteers host South Alabama on Saturday, then run through Georgia (home), South Carolina (home) and Alabama (road) before the end of October.
Making his first start — and let’s face it, The Swamp isn’t where a visitor wants to make his first start — Peterman was four-of-11 for five yards passing. He also tossed two interceptions and lost a fumble before leaving the game due to injury/meltdown.
Worley began the season as UT’s signal-caller but lost his job after three games because the coaching staff wanted to see more “splash plays” for big gains. With Worley now back as starter and with Peterman out, true freshmen Josh Dobbs and Riley Ferguson are currently listed as co-backups on Tennessee’s depth chart.