Which QB starts Game 2?

If head coach Phillip Fulmer knows which freshman quarterback will start Game 2 vs. Florida Saturday night at Neyland Stadium, he isn't telling ... until Thursday.

Fulmer started Brent Schaeffer in Game 1 vs. Nevada-Las Vegas on Sept. 5. After two series, Erik Ainge came off the bench to direct drives 3 and 4. Schaeffer ran drives 5 and 6, Ainge got 7 and 8, Schaeffer got 9 and 10, then Ainge directed the Vols' final possession of the night.

Schaeffer produced touchdowns on four of his six possessions, Ainge on two of his five. Schaeffer completed 7 of 10 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown; Ainge was 10 of 17 for 118 yards and two TDs. Schaeffer also ran for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Asked which quarterback will be the starter for Game 2, Fulmer deadpanned, ''We've got co-starters.''

When the questioner asked which QB will take the first snap, Fulmer replied that he will make an announcement on Thursday.

Regardless of which quarterback starts, Fulmer said the plan is to alternate them, much as was done in Game 1. Moreover, the head man said the rookie quarterbacks are well aware that Florida poses a much bigger challenge than UNLV did.

''We've talked about that with the team,'' Fulmer said. ''We're a very young team - period - but they happen to be the youngest of the guys and the ones who have the most to do with the game. They understand that they don't need to change a whole lot of things.

''They both have good ability. We don't want them forcing footballs or doing something so creative that it becomes a negative for us. Both of them have plenty of tools. We're gradually building the offense around both of them. I certainly think the team and everybody on it understands that this is a much higher level of football team we're playing this weekend.''


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