Rick Clausen might be developing an identity crisis. First, his photo was
identified as ''Casey Clausen'' on the SECsports.com website Saturday night.
Then Bud Ford, UT's director of media relations, introduced him as ''Casey''
at Tuesday's news conference.
Of course, the entire Vol team may have an identity crisis these days.
Despite going 7-1 and beating Georgia
in Athens en route to the SEC East
title, the Vols aren't getting a whole lot of respect these days. They
suffered a 34-10 homefield loss to Auburn
during the regular season, and
most observers figure the margin will be even greater when the two collide
Saturday night at the Georgia Dome in the SEC Championship Game. That's
partly because Clausen -- Rick, not Casey -- has moved from No. 3
quarterback to No. 1 due to injuries.
''A lot of people say we shouldn't be here,'' Clausen said. ''But we earned
it and we ARE here. So we're just going to go out there and make the most of
The fact Auburn is a prohibitive favorite may work in Tennessee's favor. The
Vols are not expected to be competitive -- let alone victorious -- so there
is little pressure on them.
''We're just going to let everything hang out, go out there and play,''
Clausen said. ''In a game like this, you can't go out there being hesitant
and being scared. You have to go out there and just play. Opportunities like
this don't come around very often, so you have to go out there and make the
most of it.''