KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee coaches could sense quarterback Justin Worley's confidence growing after he completed a 25-yard pass. So on third-and-1 at midfield, they had the freshman launch the ball nearly twice as far to the Volunteers' top receiver, Da'Rick Rogers.
The pass sailed beautifully for about 40 yards right into the hands of Rogers, who then flat-out dropped it just a few steps in front of the end zone.
It's that kind of long-pass potential that prompted coach Derek Dooley to start Worley over senior Matt Simms against South Carolina. The potential didn't turn into a win thanks to some poor decisions and interceptions by Worley, too many dropped balls by the receivers and other problems on offense.
Dooley is sticking with Worley anyway as the team prepares for Middle Tennessee.
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