Butch Jones doesn't expect QB Riley Ferguson back to Tennessee

Nick Bromberg
May 28, 2014
In this March 7, 2014 photo, Tennessee quarterback Riley Ferguson throws a pass during an NCAA college spring practice in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee coach Butch Jones is still waiting for someone to separate themselves from the rest in the Volunteers' four-man quarterback competition as spring practice draws to a close
In this March 7, 2014 photo, Tennessee quarterback Riley Ferguson throws a pass during an NCAA college spring practice in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee coach Butch Jones is still waiting for someone to separate themselves from the rest in the Volunteers' four-man quarterback competition as spring practice draws to a close. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Paul Efird)

QB Riley Ferguson was an important figure in Tennessee's four-way quarterback battle over the spring. Now, he may not be on the team in the fall.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones told VolQuest.com he didn't expect Ferguson back with the team. The quarterback has been in North Carolina during the break between Tennessee's spring and summer terms.

"Based on our recent conversations, I do not anticipate him (Ferguson) to be a member of our football family moving forward," Jones said.

A three-star recruit in the class of 2013 according to Rivals, Ferguson redshirted in 2013 because of a stress fracture in his right leg. He was the only member of the QB race who hadn't started a game for the Volunteers, but his lack of experience was made up for with his arm strength, considered to be the best on the team.

If Ferguson leaves the program, the leading candidates to start for Tennessee are Justin Worley and Josh Dobbs, he of the aerospace engineering major.

If Tennessee wants to be a factor in a deep SEC East, whoever wins the quarterback job will need to play much better in 2014. In 2013, Worley was 109-196 for 1,239 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions while Dobbs was 72-121 for 695 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions. The Volunteers were 109th in the country in passing yards last season, averaging just under 165 yards a game.

For more Tennessee news, visit VolQuest.com.

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!