Erik Ainge and Brent Schaeffer will play their first game outside Neyland Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. It will be a big test for the true freshmen, who are coming off their first shaky performance of the season.
Ainge threw for eight touchdowns and one interception in Tennessee's first three games but had four interceptions in a 34-10 loss to Auburn last week. Schaeffer, who started the first three games of the year and had two touchdowns and no interceptions, threw one pick against Auburn.
The freshmen didn't handle stressful situations as well as they could have last week, a teammate said.
"I think the guys got a little rattled," said Tennessee receiver Derrick Tinsley, who is from Marietta. "The guys felt like they had to do a little bit more than they had to just to get us back in the game. They should have just stayed calm."
Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer hasn't announced whether Ainge or Schaeffer will start this week, and Sanders said he still considers them co-starters.
Georgia coach Mark Richt predictably talked up the freshmen.
"They're not quite like true freshmen anymore," he said. "Four games under your belt is a lot of football."
But he acknowledged they face a tough task Saturday
"The first time you go through something like that, it takes a while to get used to it," he said.
Playing four games in Neyland Stadium, where more than 107,000 people regularly watch the game, should help the quarterbacks, Tennessee offensive coordinator Randy Sanders said.
"We have obviously worked and tried to prepare for it," he said. "The volume will go up. There is a point where getting louder does not matter. It will be more difficult to communicate."
Auburn tried to confuse the Tennessee quarterbacks by making late changes at the line of scrimmage when the young quarterbacks looked to the sideline for the play call, but Georgia probably won't do as much of that.
"We like to do what we do and do it well and not fool ourselves," VanGorder said. "There's a time and place for that, but we won't rely on it."
INJURY UPDATE: Linebacker Arnold Harrison won't start against Tennessee and may not play due to a nagging shoulder injury. Harrison said his left shoulder is simply bruised but admitted he had some nerve pain as well.
"I'm day-to-day right now," he said, adding he wanted to be cautious with the injury. "There's no need to lose a whole season on something that's minor."
Richt said Harrison might play if he gets clearance by team doctors today, but Derrick White will start.
Reserve tight end Martrez Milner also could miss the game due to a back injury.
"He tweaked his back today, and I don't know how bad it is," Richt said. "He didn't finish practice."
Offensive tackle Max Jean-Gilles practiced in a green jersey and said his right knee is 80 percent healthy. He did scout team work and said he will play.
In other running back news, Jeremy Thomas has taken back his starting fullback job, Richt said.
VOL INJURIES: Starting tight end Justin Reed (knee) is not expected to play against the Bulldogs. Starting defensive end Parys Haralson (knee) pronounced himself 100 percent healthy Wednesday, but he has had very little work in practice. Starting right guard Arron Sears (foot, ankle) dressed for practice for the first time Wednesday and hopes to play.
MOONLIGHTING: Richt will be one of the coaches for the Hula Bowl on Jan. 22 in Honolulu, Hawaii, it was announced Wednesday. He has expressed reservation about coaching all-star games in the past because they conflict with recruiting, but he decided to go this time after talking with recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner.
"I had to ask Rodney," he said. "I said, ‘No matter what I ask you say it's OK.' Actually I had to ask my wife first. She took about 10 or 15 seconds to say yes."
The trip won't require him to miss an entire recruiting weekend.
NATIONAL EXPOSURE: Wide receivers Fred Gibson and Reggie Brown are getting plenty of attention thanks to their four-touchdown effort against LSU. After Wednesday's practice, the seniors filmed a feature segment for ESPN in which they caught passes against ESPN analyst and former Notre Dame great Rocket Ismail.