Tennessee starting quarterback Justin Worley’s health is “good and continues to progress,” offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian said after the team’s practice Wednesday. Worley– who appeared to reinjure his throwing elbow during the Vols’ 34-3 loss to No. 3 Ole Miss– is expected to start in Saturday’s game against No. 4 Alabama.

However, Bajakian noted that sophomore backups Natahan Peterman and Joshua Dobbs are ready to play if needed this week. All three quarterbacks have received solid reps in practice this week in preparation for any scenario.

“Well, regardless of the situation, our guys get a lot of reps,” he said. “[The quarterbacks] have all done a good job, and that’s been the case throughout the season.”

Bajakian noted that both Peterman and Dobbs have seen steady improvement throughout the season, despite their limited playing time.

“They definitely have, both mentally and physically,” he said of the two sophomores. “Those guys are doing a good job. We always stress to all of our players, quarterbacks obviously included, to prepare as if you’re a starter.

“The approach never changes for them, and when you approach day-to-day with an intensity to improve…and you never know when you’re number’s going to get called. They’ve continued to improve throughout the season.”

Peterman has been the only quarterback other than Worley to see playing time this season. But Bajakian says Dobbs could also see action if needed.

“Josh has always prepared since day one to play when called upon, so he’s always ready to go,” he said.