Expectations aplenty for Worley

The InsideTennessee.com staff was again at Haslam Field to bring its site visitors and subscribers the latest on Tennessee football. Log in or sign up now to read more and hear this video interview.

Question marks surround Tennessee's offense as it enters the matchup against the country's top-ranked pass defense in South Carolina.

Kickoff between the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division teams at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville is Saturday night at 7:21 (TV: ESPN2).

A majority of the worry in Big Orange Country comes from the unknown with freshman Justin Worley starting at quarterback for the Volunteers. The Rock Hill, S.C., native hasn't attempted a pass on the collegiate level to date.

Vol offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has plenty of confidence in the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder.

"The No. 1 thing is that he's been like a sponge," Chaney said at Haslam Field this week. "He's in there all the time studying tape. He's excited about the opportunity to go out and play. He's working hard to understand the game plan. That's all they can do. He has to go out and perform and he's done that on the practice field. When he makes a mistake, he is quick to recognize it and tries to right the wrong."

The guy on the edge with the playmaking ability also seems to have Worley's back.

"It's been different," wide receiver Da' Rick Rogers said. "With so many different changes, you really have to work on kind of at the same time changing the face of the offense as a whole. With this week's practice, I feel like Worley's coming along. He looks good to me so I'm ready to go this Saturday."

As a senior at Northwestern High School, Worley threw for 5,315 yards and set a state record with 64 touchdowns en route to a SCHSL Class AAAA Div. II state championship.

To hear quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw break down Worley's progress and why the staff brought him to Tennessee, click play on the video below.


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