Schaeffer eyes juco, then SEC

Former University of Tennesse quarterback Brent Schaeffer may wind up playing Southeastern Conference football, after all.

Schaeffer recently told the Tampa Tribune he intends to spend this season at the College of the Sequoias, a junior college in Visalia, Calif., then transfer to an SEC school in time for the 2006 season. Reportedly, he considers Florida, Georgia and Auburn his best options at this time.

Signed out of Deerfield Beach, Fla., Schaeffer started Tennessee's first three games of 2004 before losing the No. 1 job to fellow rookie Erik Ainge.

Suspended following his April arrest on a misdemeanor assault charge, Schaeffer elected to seek greener pastures. Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer would not release him to a rival SEC program but Schaeffer's juco stopover will enable him to transfer to an SEC school in time for the 2006 season.

Questioned by The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Fulmer noted that "The junior college route would certainly open up those doors for him," adding: "We wish him well and we're just sorry it didn't work out here."

Schaeffer told the Tribune he wants to return to the SEC because "I like the level of play, the talent, the players. I think it's the best conference, and I like playing with the best."

If Schaeffer's plans work out, he conceivably could face the Vols as an opposing quarterback in 2006 and/or 2007.

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