Jones doesn't expect Riley Ferguson to remain with Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It appears Tennessee's four-man quarterback race is down to three.

Vols head coach Butch Jones said Tuesday night that he does not expect Riley Ferguson to remain with the program.

"Based on our recent conversations, we do not anticipate that he will be a member of our football family moving forward," Jones told WVLT over the phone from Florida. Jones is in Destin attending the annual SEC spring meetings.

Jones would not speculate why Ferguson's return is unlikely.

If Ferguson does leave Tennessee, the Vols are left with three scholarship quarterbacks.

Senior Justin Worley, sophomore Joshua Dobbs, and redshirt sophomore Nathan Peterman are left competing for the starting job.

It's believed that either Worley or Dobbs will start Tennessee's August 31 opener against Austin Peay.

As the Vols struggled at the quarterback position a season ago, fans clamored to see Ferguson, a former 4-star recruit, play.

However, when Justin Worley was injured in the Alabama game, it was (then) fellow freshmen Dobbs getting the call. It was later learned that Ferguson was nursing an injured leg.

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