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
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.