Rick Clausen gets scholarship

Tennessee will have a scholarship quarterback named Clausen for the fifth year in a row in 2004.

Vol head man Phillip Fulmer announced today that Rick Clausen, brother of four-year starting quarterback Casey Clausen, has been placed on scholarship for the coming season.

A transfer from LSU who sat out the 2003 season, Clausen has two years of eligibility remaining.

''I'm pleased to put Rick Clausen on scholarship as we approach spring practice,'' Fulmer said in a statement released by the UT Athletics Department. ''He helps create a more competitive situation at quarterback and has worked very hard to improve his playing and mental skills. He also has shown good leadership ability and displays a very good attitude.''

Clausen and senior C.J. Leak (a transfer from Wake Forest) are the leading contenders for the Vols' starting quarterback job heading into spring ball. Bo Hardegree, James Banks and walk-on Jim Bob Cooter also could figure in the mix.

Rick Clausen, from Thousand Oaks, Calif., is a left-hander who lacks the arm strength of his brother but exhibits poise and accuracy in practice. He played in three games while at LSU - making one start - and finishing with five completions in 12 attempts for 35 yards.

Jimmy Clausen, the youngest of the brothers, is regarded as one of the finest young quarterback prospects in America. He has expressed an interest in following his brothers to UT.

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