Tennessee coach Butch Jones spoke with the media on Tuesday and said they he doesn't expect quarterback Riley Ferguson to return to the Volunteers. Per ESPN
"Riley's no longer with the program," Jones said Tuesday night during the Southeastern Conference spring meetings. Earlier Tuesday, Volquest.com had reported that Jones said he didn't expect Ferguson to remain with the Vols.
Ferguson, a redshirt freshman, had been 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.
During Tennessee's spring game last month, Ferguson went 7-of-12 for 83 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception and lost a fumble.
With Ferguson leaving the team, the quarterback competition in Knoxville is now between Worley, Dobbs and Peterman.