Worley to start against MTSU

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (school release/WVLT) -- Freshman quarterback Justin Worley will make his second consecutive start under center Saturday against Middle Tennessee. Starting against South Carolina, Worley completed 10-of-26 passes for 105 yards, with two interceptions.

“He made some good throws,” Dooley said. “He did some things that we felt good about and then he made some really bad decisions and some throws that he could have thrown better.

“Hopefully, we will see a little improvement in his play. I think we will. I think there were a lot of nerves out there that affected him especially early on.”

Just the 14th true freshman QB to start a game this season for an FBS team, Worley has stayed level-headed.

“He’s got a good demeanor,” Dooley said. “He’s not an emotional guy, but he was disappointed in how he played. He knows he didn’t play well. He will bounce back. He made some good throws out there. We have to do a better job of keeping it simple on him.

“We might have put too much on him as coaches and that is the first thing we always do is where did we screw up? We probably put too much on him because he gives you that confidence. He handles it in practice, but you forget what it’s like when you step out there the first time.”

Tennessee’s target date for sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray’s return is Nov. 19 against Vanderbilt. Although he has different ideas, there are questions surrounding his comeback.

“Tyler says he is coming back (for) Arkansas,” Dooley said. “That’s what everybody told me. How does he know? He is sitting there in a cast. The projection all along has been maybe by the Vanderbilt game. There has been no indication to challenge that, because you just don’t know.

“They have to go a certain amount of time, take it out and see where it is strength wise, whether he can hold a ball or not. The key is going to be can he put pressure on the ball? How much pain (is there)? What’s the risk? How’s the bone healed? It’s kind of week-to-week.”


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