Why not play no-huddle all game?

Once Tennessee turned to a no-huddle attack in last Saturday's loss at Auburn, Vol quarterback Casey Clausen turned into the second coming of Joe Montana. The senior quarterback completed 30 of 47 passes (both career highs) for 355 yards as the Vols rallied from a 28-7 second-half deficit to within a whisker of tying the game at 28-all in the final minute.

''I love it,'' Clausen said of the no-huddle attack. ''It took me back to my high school days.

''The biggest thing is, you get to the line of scrimmage and put pressure on the defense (by limiting time for its substitutions). When you run in three wide receivers, they have to run in three (guys to cover those wide receivers). That puts pressure on the defense to get lined up, No. 1. And, No. 2, they're going to have to play base (a basic defense).''

In addition, the no-huddle attack gives the QB ample time to adjust to what he sees from the defense.

''When you get to the line of scrimmage with 15 seconds left, and you've got a play called that we like, we're going to run it,'' Clausen said. ''If we don't, I've got time to make changes or audibles -- whatever I have to do to get us in the right play.''

As an added bonus, Clausen seems to play his best when he's in hurry-up mode.

''I think it gets us in a rhythm -- the offensive line, the backs and receivers,'' he said. ''Definitely, the quarterback gets in a rhythm. It's something we definitely like.''

This raises the question: Why not run a no-huddle attack the whole game?

''The only down side might be if we do that successfully, we're scoring real fast,'' Clausen replied. ''Personally, I don't think scoring fast is a down side. But if you look at our drives we had in the second half (vs. Auburn), we had two or three 80-yard drives that took maybe three minutes at the most. You don't chew up as much time but I wouldn't complain about scoring fast.''

Odds are, defensive coordinator John Chavis would rather have a seven-point lead than an extra minute to rest his troops.

''I think he would,'' Clausen conceded, grinning broadly.


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