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Volunteers Bench Quarterback Justin Worley Before Big Game

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EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Worley #14 of the Tennessee Volunteers throws a pass against the Oregon Ducks on September 14, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

EUGENE, OR – SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Worley #14 of the Tennessee Volunteers throws a pass against the Oregon Ducks on September 14, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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GAINESVILLE (CBSMiami/AP) – Shortly before the Tennessee and Florida game, Tennessee has benched quarterback Justin Worley, giving Nathan Peterman his first career start.

The Volunteers (2-1) announced the move about two hours before Saturday’s kickoff at No. 19 Florida.

Peterman, a 6-foot-2 redshirt freshman from nearby Jacksonville, should give the Volunteers more versatility against the Gators (1-1). He has completed 6 of 12 passes for 40 yards this season, but he also has scrambling ability.

Worley, a junior from Rock Hill, S.C., completed 35 of 57 passes for 372 yards, with five touchdowns and an interception in three starts this season. He completed 13 of 25 passes for 126 yards, including a 51-yarder, in last week’s 59-14 loss at No. 2 Oregon. Worley also started three games last season.

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