Butch Jones Expects QB Riley Ferguson to Leave the Team

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DESTIN, Fla. (AP) – Tennessee coach Butch Jones doesn’t expect quarterback Riley Ferguson to return to the Volunteers.
Speaking at the Southeastern Conference spring meetings Tuesday night, Jones said that "Riley’s no longer with the program." Earlier Tuesday, Volquest had reported that Jones indicated he didn’t expect Ferguson to remain with the Vols.
Ferguson, a redshirt freshman, was expected to compete with senior Justin Worley and sophomores Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman for the starting job. Although a leg injury prevented Ferguson from playing last season – he was the only one of the four quarterbacks who didn’t start at least one game – he impressed coaches with his arm strength and upside.
Jones hasn’t named a leader in Tennessee’s quarterback competition. The Vols open the season Aug. 31 against Utah State.
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