‘No indications’ QB Nathan Peterman will transfer from Tennessee
Nathan Peterman, a four-star recruit in the 2012 class, was supposed to be the future of Tennessee Volunteers football. At the very least, the Fruit Cove, Florida, native was expected to push for a starting position. Instead, the talented signal-caller was never able to work his way into a permanent spot in the lineup during his previous three seasons in Knoxville.
When a highly-regarded recruit doesn’t live up to expectations, conversations regarding whether or not he should transfer inevitably take place. However, Peterson, who only started two games during the past two seasons, isn’t expected to transfer, according to Tennessee’s offensive coordinator.
“Nate and I talk all the time,” Mike Bajakian said in an interview with Josh Ward and Will West of The Sports Animal, via the Knoxville News. “He is a part of our program. He is a part of our team. He’s done a great job in his role. Again. I can’t say enough good things about Nathan Peterman. Just his level of preparation, his knowledge of the offense. He works really hard and is a great presence among his teammates and a great example of how to prepare yourself on the field and how to act off the field.”
If the redshirt junior stays, he’ll inevitably be stuck behind a burgeoning star in sophomore Josh Dobbs.
Dobbs took the reigns of the offense after Peterman’s only start of the season and never looked back. The dual-threat quarterback threw for 1,206 yards and ran for 469 more in only six games.
“Josh, for the first time, is in a position where he’s going into the offseason and next season as the apparent starter and can really take ownership of this team and lead it,” Bajakian said.
Peterman may not have given his coach any indication he will transfer, but he just might want to consider it.