Western Kentucky Coach Bobby Petrino said junior Brandon Doughty will start at quarterback against Kentucky on Saturday in Nashville.
"He had a good camp. He had a good spring," Coach Bobby Petrino said. "He's a young man that is very, very coachable. Really understands what we're striving for. Does a nice job of getting the ball out and is an accurate thrower and has done a nice job on his leadership."
Doughty's start against Kentucky on Saturday at LP Field would be just his second ever. The 6-foot-3-inch, 210-pound Doughty has completed 14 of 25 passes in his career for 113 yards.
He beat out redshirt freshman DaMarcus Smith for the job, although Smith will probably still play in run-option packages.
"He's made huge strides," Petrino said of Smith. "You can tell why he was such a good quarterback in high school. Obviously there was a lot of rust with the two-year layoff, and he made it a battle. As we got into the last two weeks of camp, DaMarcus had some really good days and split some reps with the one's and we have all the confidence in the world if he gets in the game he'll do a good job."
Petrino said the team's passing game is still a work in progress.
"We're working hard on the timing and making sure the receivers need to be at the exact spot they're supposed to be and the quarterback needs to get the ball out of his hand on time," he said. "The running backs and tight ends are responsible for both protection, or, getting exactly where they need to be on their route.
"One of the things that's encouraging to me about our passing game is some of our new, young guys — and Willie McNeal — have shown the ability to run after the catch and make plays after we get the ball in their hands which is always something that really helps your passing game."
Perry U of L's starting RB
Louisville Coach Charlie Strong said senior running back Senorise Perry will start Sunday's season opener against Ohio while stressing that the ninth-ranked Cardinals will use all of their ball carriers against the Bobcats.
Louisville's second-leading rusher last season with 705 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns, Perry will see his first action since a season-ending right anterior cruciate ligament tear on Nov. 10 at Syracuse.
One of three competing to be Louisville's starter along with junior Dominique Brown — also returning from a knee injury — and former Auburn product Michael Dyer, Perry got the call following an impressive recovery and camp that Cardinals coaches have compared to NFL MVP Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 2,097 yards and 12 TDs last year after tearing his ACL in December 2011.
Worley named Vols' QB
Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley wasn't particularly surprised to learn he would start Saturday's season opener against Austin Peay. But he did acknowledge feeling relieved.
Worley, the only quarterback on Tennessee's roster with any college playing experience, learned he had won the starting job Sunday night
"It was a very, very tight race," Coach Butch Jones said. "I think they all really advanced their growth and development throughout the course of training camp, but we just thought Justin was just a little bit ahead of the other three individuals."