Justin Worley to start for Tennessee

Updated: August 25, 2013, 1:18 PM ET
By Brett McMurphy | ESPN

Tennessee junior Justin Worley will be the starting quarterback for Saturday's season opener against Austin Peay, a source told ESPN.

Worley won a four-way battle with redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman and true freshmen Riley Ferguson and Josh Dobbs.

Worley was the Volunteers' only quarterback with game experience, having backed up former starter Tyler Bray. In the past two seasons, Worley appeared in nine games, completing 63 of 110 passes for 738 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions.

Awaiting the 6-foot-4, 222-pound Worley will be one of the nation's toughest schedules.

After opening with home games against Austin Peay and Western Kentucky, the Vols play five of their next six games against top-10 ranked opponents: at No. 3 Oregon, at No. 10 Florida, vs. No. 5 Georgia, vs. No. 6 South Carolina and at No. 1 Alabama.

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