Schaeffer has fracture

Tennessee freshman quarterback Brent Schaeffer suffered a fractured clavicle in his right (non-throwing) shoulder during the second half of Saturday's 43-29 win at South Carolina that will sideline him four to six weeks. At best, he might be available in time for a bowl game.

Schaeffer came off the bench in the second quarter after starting quarterback Erik Ainge struggled. Schaeffer helped the Vols rally from an 8-0 deficit to a15-8 third-quarter lead. Schaeffer was belted to the turf following a pass attempt moments later, however, and suffered the injury.

Despite the injury, Schaeffer returned to the lineup late in the quarter, scrambling for seven yards for a crucial first down on a third-and-five at the Vol 25-yard line. Tennessee scored three plays later, padding its lead to 29-8.

With Schaeffer out, junior Rick Clausen becomes Tennessee's backup quarterback. Walk-on Jim Bob Cooter probably moves up to No. 3, although the Vols might switch former QB C.J. Leak back to quarterback after stints at safety and tight end.


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