Quarterback Josh Dobbs gave Tennessee coach Butch Jones and his staff something to think about when he entered Saturday's game against top-ranked Alabama and led the Vols' offense 48 yards down the field to a field goal.
Now, even if Tennessee's previous starter, Justin Worley, is healthy by this weekend, he may not start. Jones said the process of deciding between Worley, Dobbs or another option could "go on all week."
"I never put a time frame on anything," Jones added. "It's how they develop. We're going to play the individual who gives us the best opportunity on Saturday."
But based on the previous week's game against Alabama, the choice might be Dobbs. Jones burned the true freshman's redshirt to put him in the game, and when he came in, he provided a spark that was missing, using his feet to move the pocket and scramble to pick up yards.
Tennessee's five drives in the first half under Worley went punt, turnover on downs, punt, interception, interception. Dobbs entered after the intermission and helped the offense to 10 second-half points, completing 5 of 12 passes for 75 yards, while rushing three times for 19 yards.
Whoever starts for the Vols at quarterback will face a tough test in No. 9 Missouri (7-1, 3-1). The Tigers are tied for third in the FBS with 15 interceptions with its star cornerback E.J. Gaines accounting for three.