Tennessee has debuted true freshman quarterbacks in each of the past two spring games. With Jacksonville, Fla. quarterback Nathan Peterman headed to Knoxville to enroll for the spring semester, it appears that Vol fans will see that streak extended yet again.
The four-star quarterback, according to Rivals.com, is coming off an impressive showing in the Offense Vs. Defense All-American Bowl in Dallas, TX.
The future Vols field general gave knoxvegasvols.com some insight on what he hopes to accomplish during the spring semester.
"I'm going to be rooming with Joseph Ayres, who will be a redshirt junior defensive tackle. I'm just ready to get up there and settle in. I'm very blessed to have the opportunity to come in early and I'm ready to learn the system and get in the weight room and get stronger."
The 6-foot-2 Peterman said, "I will bring in something a little different" for the Vols. The Jacksonville native said he's not what many are used to up there (Knoxville), but maybe they'll get used to his style of play. The extra workout time, as well as the key time of learning the offense will be beneficial for the future Vol.
"I talked to Justin while I was on my official. He said that he wished he would have paid more attention to the playbook in the spring. But, for me, I don't plan on taking it for granted and hope to use this time to learn the system and be ready when it's time."
Just last week Peterman showed most of the country why he is one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the nation. Fitting the ball into tight windows, Peterman took advantage of limited reps and . Along with his great performance in the All-Star game, Peterman also took some time to get know a few of his future teammates, as welll as a hopeful future Vol.
"I loved hanging with Jason (Croom) and Otha (Peters) and getting an opportunity to see their abilities. I'm excited to to have that chance to play with Jason as well as the others. Getting to know them helped me get the feel for the future."
While current linebacker commit Otha Peters is still a Vol, he is taking other visits to make up his mind. Peterman got the chance to try to convince the four-star prospect to stick with his commitment.
"I talked to him and I really think he's going to stick with his commitment. I know the loss of Coach Sirmon hurt him, but I think he'll stay."
Along with Croom, Peterman stated that he is also excited to play along side Drae Bowles, who is competing in the Army All-American Bowl this week.
Peterman is one of six Vols to enroll early this semester.