Height/Weight: 6'4", 213 lbs
Rivals: 3-star, No. 24 pro-style QB; No. 16 player in South Carolina
ESPN: 3-star, No. 16 pocket passer QB; No. 12 player in South Carolina
247Sports: 3-star prospect
Games Played Comp/ATT PCT Yards Efficiency TD INT YARDS/GAME
9 63-110 57.3 738 107.54 1 5 82.0
Justin Worley was named the 2011 Gatorade National Player of the Year as a senior quarterback for Northwestern High School in South Carolina. However, he has seen little success during the small amount of playing time he's had at Tennessee.
Worley burned his redshirt during his first season at UT following Tyler Bray's hand injury and poor performances by Matt Simms. It is difficult to judge Worley's play based on poor performances as a freshman against the top tier teams of the SEC.
Worley has the experience advantage over the entire depth chart by actually taking a snap under center. No other quarterback on UT's current roster has even entered a game for the Volunteers.
After sitting behind Tyler Bray for two seasons, Worley was believed to be the front runner for the starting job once Bray left. However, many speculate that he does not fit Tennessee's new scheme, as he lacks the mobility other options have.
Entering spring practice, I'd say Worley is the assumed starter, and therefore has the best odds. However, I feel the position battle is still anyone's race depending on the outcome of spring practice.
Chance of starting: Good (45 percent)
If Worley doesn't win the outright QB battle, look for him to transfer before the season starts.