Schaeffer misses workout

IRVING, Texas -- Freshman quarterback Brent Schaeffer missed his second consecutive workout due to the flu Monday as the Tennessee football team worked out at Texas Stadium.

Schaeffer has not played since the South Carolina game, when he suffered a fractured collarbone. He returned to practice before the Christmas break an= d looked good in those early workouts. Schaeffer is expected to see some backup action behind first-team quarterback Rick Clausen in Saturday's Cotton Bowl game against Texas A&M.

Star defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona also missed Monday's workout. He is recovering from what has been termed ''cold-like symptoms.''

The 15th-ranked Volunteers are making their 16th straight bowl appearance. This is the NCAA's third-longest active streak behind Michigan (30) and Florida State (23). UT head man Phillip Fulmer has coached the Vols in thei r last 12 bowl games against 11 different opponents. Oddly enough, four of Tennessee's last five bowl foes and seven since 1992 are not playing in bow l games this year -- Clemson, Kansas State, Maryland, Nebraska (twice), Northwestern and Penn State.

''Even though it's a Monday, it was a Tuesday-type practice for us,'' Fulme r said. ''The 30 plays or so of scrimmage were to get us back in the mode. It's been a while since we=92ve played, even though we had the SEC Championship Game. I'm looking forward to watching the film. I think the results will be mixed, to say the least, but I think we had some good hits. We'll stay very focused on the plan now, finish up the week and hopefully b e 100 percent healthy by game time.''

Game time is 11:10 a.m. EST. The game will be televised nationally by Fox.

Two members of the Tennessee's 2005 signing class, Josh Briscoe and Demonte Bolden, joined the team for Monday's practice. Briscoe, a 6-3, 175-pound wide receiver, from Lawndale, N.C., graduated from Burns High School earlie r this month and will enroll at Tennessee in January. Bolden, a 6-5, 287-poun d defensive tackle from Chattanooga, just completed one semester at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy and will also be a mid-year enrollee next month.

Former Vol defensive coordinator Larry Lacewell was a practice visitor. Lacewell now serves as director of player personnel for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.


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