Tennessee played two quarterbacks in Games 1 through 4 by design, then went
almost exclusively with Erik Ainge in Games 5 through 8. The Vols played two
QBs in Game 9 by necessity (Ainge was hurt, forcing Rick Clausen to fill
in). Clausen did a solo act in Games 10, 11 and 12.
Now that Brent Schaeffer
has recovered sufficiently from a fractured
collarbone, the Vols appear to be back to a two-quarterback system. So,
which cliche' applies: ''Two heads are better than one'' or ''Too many cooks
spoil the broth?'' In other words, will having two quarterbacks provide
enough flexibility to offset the potential slippage in continuity?
Guard Cody Douglas, for one, thinks the return to a two-QB system is a
win-win proposition with no downside.
''I think we take the same approach as if we were playing with one
quarterback,'' he said. ''You just go out there and make sure you know what
you're doing, know your assignments, no matter who's behind center.''
Wide receiver Robert Meachem says Tennessee's use of multiple quarterbacks
this year has had no adverse effect on the passing game whatsoever.
''When you're playing receiver,'' he said, ''whoever's throwing it to you,
you've got to catch it anyway.''