Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley forbids freshman players from talking to the media until they have played in a regular season game.
He makes no exception even for last year's national Gatorade Player of the Year Justin Worley, who led the Northwestern Trojans to the South Carolina Class 4-A, Division II state championship in 2010.
But this week, as the Volunteers prepared for today's Orange and White Game in Neyland Stadium, others had plenty to say about the freshman who jump-started his college career by enrolling at Tennessee in January.
Coaches, teammates, athletic department officials and much of Vols Nation are impressed with Worley.
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"Justin has good stature - smart and really cares about football and his team," offensive coordinator Jim Chaney told The Herald. "He graduated early and came to school so he could work with us in spring practice and get prepared for college. We threw him in the pool and told him to swim.
"He's an outstanding young man, mature beyond his age. Justin told me he came here because the offense is similar to the one he ran in high school. We gave him a playbook when he arrived because the big difference for him is the terminology. But as I expected, it didn't take him long to catch on."
Worley has done well in practice. Although a depth chart has not been determined, Worley works with a group that includes incumbent starter Tyler Bray and backup Matt Sims.
His throws are mostly on the money. He shows good arm strength, and regardless of the pattern Chaney barks out, the zip and accuracy Worley showed in high school have impressed the Vols' other quarterbacks and receivers.
Chaney is popular with his players; he takes practice seriously but makes it fun and never lets up coaching - he talks all the time on the field.
"Justin, quit aiming the ball and throw it. Bray, bring your hips around when you throw. Show me some arm. There you go, guys. There you go. Good job."
The ultimate decision about whether Worley will play this year or be redshirted will be made by Chaney and head coach Dooley. Chaney said it's too early to decide.
Worley and Sims are on the White team today. But even if Worley shines against Bray and the Orange team, the decision could already be made.
Logic says Worley will sit out. Simms, the son of former NFL quarterback Phil Simms, is a senior. He started last season and was replaced by Bray, a true freshman. Bray finished the season under center, and the starting job is his to lose.
So with Bray having three more years, redshirting Worley would let him come into the 2012 season as the backup to Bray, who will have two years remaining, versus Worley's four.
Bray, from Kingsburg, Calif., is listed at 6-feet-6 and 210 pounds. Worley is listed at 6-4 and 200, but side by side, they could be twins. Both have a full head of brown hair, and with the exception of Bray's howitzer-like arm, their moves and throws are similar.
"I call Justin my 'Little Brother' and most of the other players call him Tyler," Bray said. "I enjoy working with him, helping him learn our system. He has the general stuff down about playing quarterback.
"I help him with the little things, like don't stare down a receiver and give the play away. Where our receivers like the ball delivered. He's a good guy, and I took to him right away. Before he graduates, Justin will be one of the top quarterbacks to play here."
Worley will have one of the Vols' top wide receivers, sophomore Da'Rick Rogers, joining him on the White team today. Rogers has become a Worley fan and has noticed "something different" in him since Worley enrolled early in January.
Rogers has a special on-field relationship with Bray. He is developing the same communication habits with Worley.
"What impresses me is Justin's winning attitude," Rogers said. "He is confident, and I don't mean cocky, and has shown nothing but promise. And he throws a tight spiral, a receiver's best friend.
"We brought in three freshman quarterbacks, and you don't expect new guys to do well right away. Justin is the exception. He looks like a quarterback is supposed to look and fits in well. I'm looking forward to catching a few balls from him (today) and in the future."
Peyton Worley, Justin's dad, said his son doesn't say much about football except that it's a positive experience and that he made a good choice.
Worley was home for spring break two weeks ago and has put on 10 pounds of muscle. He told his dad that he's learned a lot about football but added there is still a lot more to learn.
"Justin told me he's working his tail off and loving it," Peyton Worley said. "He's very competitive when he steps on a field. Justin does his best at all times.
"Justin realizes that if he should be on the field, he will be. His jobs now are to work hard at all times and soak in what he learns. Justin knows if he does those things, his chance will come."
Worley committed to Tennessee during the early signing period so he could concentrate on his senior season at Northwestern. He broke school, state and national passing records for career and season while leading the Trojans to a 15-0 record and a victory over Greenwood in the state championship game.
Dooley, in his first season with the Vols last year, was aware that former coach Lane Kiffen had a verbal agreement with Worley. He wasn't going to let the talented high school senior get away.
"He was the one we wanted," Dooley said Thursday afternoon. "We have only three seniors in our starting lineup, so freshmen such as Worley are our future. He has made impressive progress, and he's committed to being a good quarterback because he knows what it takes.
"He has all the tools we look for in a quarterback. He's a great quarterback, but he just couldn't be a better person. We've enjoyed having him here and having the Worley family join our circle."