Butch Jones Has Big Climb Ahead of Him With Tennessee Volunteers

By Andy Schmidt
Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Volunteers will head into the 2013 college football season with a new coach in Butch Jones and hopes that they don’t get any worse than they were last season. Jones has a big job ahead of him, and he will have to start the rebuilding without the graduated Tyler Bray. Bray was probably one of the few players that made Tennessee worth watching over the last couple years, and with him gone, the Volunteers may be in for a bumpy season ahead.

Jones has had success wherever he has gone, but this job in the SEC will be his toughest task without any doubt. The quarterback position is the place where Jones must make the right decision between sophomore Justin Worley and redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman now that Bray is gone. Worley threw 23 passes last season for 134 yards in getting to play in three games. If I was Jones, I would be starting Worley when the season begins on Aug. 31. The experience to me outweighs a player who has never started before.

Peterman is going to find his way into the lineup before all is said and done though. There are some very different games on the schedule this season, and if Tennessee is having a bad season, Peterman may be turned to. I loved the hiring of Jones for the Volunteers, but he had to know what he would be facing in his new conference. There is quite a hill to climb for Tennessee to get back to its national contender levels from two decades ago. Jones sounds like the right choice right now for the job, but he has major decisions ahead.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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