What Does Nathan Peterman's Surgery Mean For Tennessee Volunteers?

By Lahari Subraveti
Nathan Peterman
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Last week, Tennessee fans nervously anticipated which quarterback head coach Butch Jones would start against SEC East foe Florida. Many were happy to hear that the Vols would take a chance on someone other than Justin Worley, who started the first three games for the Vols.

But that excitement was short-lived. Sophomore Nathan Peterman got the nod, but didn’t fare as anyone expected, completing only 4-of-11 passes for five yards and two INTs. While he was benched for his lackluster performance, it now seems like it was much more than that. On Monday, Peterman underwent surgery on his throwing hand and is expected to miss at least a month.

This latest development in the journey to find a QB lead the Vols to victory leaves the question: who will take over as starting quarterback?

That would be Worley, according to coach Jones. For Volunteer fans, this should come as welcome news. After Worley stepped in for Peterman against the Gators, he went 10-of-23 for 149 yards, one TD and two INTs. Not stellar numbers, but much better than his counterpart.

With Peterman out, freshman Riley Ferguson and Joshua Dobbs would back up Worley. Ferguson made the trip to Gainesville, but Dobbs did not. Jones commented that this didn’t indicate which quarterback had the edge at this point in time. He did say that the quarterback with the fewest mistakes and better understanding of the offense would back up Worley this week.

This week, the Vols take on the South Alabama Jaguars at Neyland Stadium, a good opportunity for the Vols to experiment with various offensive schemes.

Lahari Subraveti is an SEC football writer for Rant Sports.  Follow her on Twitter @Lahari_S

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