It looks like Tennessee freshman QB Josh Dobbs will get his first career start Saturday against Missouri, one week after Butch Jones removed his redshirt against Alabama. Justin Worley, who started seven games this season, will reportedly be out four weeks with ligament damage to his throwing hand thumb.

Dobbs is majoring in Aeronautical Engineering, and it’s safe to say picking up the playbook probably isn’t too tough. He finished 5 of 12 for 75 yards last week after Worley reinjured his thumb.

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Regardless of whether or not Worley is too injured to play, the dual-threat Dobbs gives the Vols the best opportunity to win for the remainder of the season and especially against Missouri. Two spread offenses with mobile QBs in Toledo and South Carolina gave the Tigers arguably their two toughest games, with Shaw giving Mizzou their only loss to date.

The Vols’ offense needs some kind of spark, and although improved, Worley sitting in the pocket hasn’t provided that spark. Dobbs can be that guy, and he looked sharp on several passes and looked plenty mobile enough to make a big play or two in the running game.

If there’s ever a good time to start a freshman, this is it. Tennessee’s bowl hopes will likely come down to Vanderbilt, and that gives Dobbs two games against ranked opponents and a bye week to prepare for the Commodores.

Butch Jones spoke on Dobbs earlier today when Worley’s status was still up in the air, via GoVolsXtra.com.

“He was poised. He was calm. He was disciplined. He had a command about himself.

“He’s a 4.0 student. I think he’s got a photographic memory. You’re either a fountain or a drain, you know? Every day he’s a fountain.

“You would never know that he played on Saturday. He is the same Josh Dobbs that we see each day. I take great comfort in being around players like that.”

The question everyone wants to know is what is it about Tennessee QBs and throwing hand injuries?

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