Quarterback Ferguson leaves Vols

Tennessee coach Butch Jones doesn’t expect quarterback Riley Ferguson to return to the Volunteers.

“Riley’s no longer with the program,” Jones said. Earlier Tuesday, Volquest had reported that Jones said he didn’t expect Ferguson to remain with the Vols.

Ferguson, a redshirt freshman, was expected to compete with senior Justin Worley and sophomores Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman for the starting job. Although a leg injury prevented Ferguson from playing last season, he impressed coaches with his arm strength and upside.

Ferguson had quarterbacked two state championship teams at Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina. During Tennessee’s spring game last month, he went 7 of 12 for 83 yards and a touchdown, but also threw an interception and lost a fumble.

Worley started seven games last season before having season-ending thumb surgery. He completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 1,239 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Tennessee went 4-3 in the games he started.

Dobbs, from Alpharetta High School, started the final four games in place of Worley and completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 695 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions.

Former Alpharetta QB Joshua Dobbs rushed for 189 yards and one touchdown on 38 carries for the Vols, who went 1-3 in the games he started.

Former Alpharetta QB Joshua Dobbs rushed for 189 yards and one touchdown on 38 carries for the Vols, who went 1-3 in the games he started.

Peterman started ahead of Worley in a 31-17 loss to Florida before injuring his throwing hand. Peterman played as a backup in two other games and finished the season 10 of 23 for 45 yards with two interceptions.

Tennessee opens its season Aug. 31 against Utah State.

– The Associated Press

4 comments Add your comment

MikeBanning

May 28th, 2014
6:54 pm

Vad Lee, Christian LeMay, and now this kid Ferguson, maybe it is just a coincidence, but one has to ask were the top HS QBs from NC over the past few years heavily over-rated?

Red Panties II

May 28th, 2014
8:26 pm

With that much disarray, the bulldwags may have a chance to beat Tennessee this year.

PaulinNH

May 28th, 2014
9:44 pm

LeMay and Ferguson both went to Butler HS – it is part of the Charlotte-Meck system. When the CMS district got out of the Federal bussing order around 2001 they went to a school choice plan. Heck – I went to a CMS open house where schools were recruiting. Result was that certain high schools became the choice for D 1 prospects.
Independence (with Butler close behind) was originally the school of choice on the south side – Chris Leak was a won 3 state championships in 3 years while only losing 1 game. He was followed by Joe Cox – throwing to 2 NFL-bound WRs (Mo Massaquoi and Hakeem Nicks) impressed UGA enough to give him a scholly. It’s a little different in Durham (home of Lee) but at some of the CMS schools the loaded talent can make the QB look good – call it the USC QB effect.

Wet Willie

May 29th, 2014
8:43 am

Perhaps Jacob Parks will be a good QB for the Dawgs. Butch Davis brought a lot of talent to NC and on to the NFL from North Carolina. Now there is some questions about how he got them into school but the talent is there.