After pronouncing the QB battle "even," Fulmer was asked if he'd like to settle on a No. 1 QB before Monday, Aug. 29 – the start of "game week" for the Sept. 3 opener against Alabama-Birmingham.
"I'd like to have it settled," he deadpanned. "But if it's still even, what am I gonna' do: Flip a coin?"
When asked what the advantage might be in having the starter settled before game week, Fulmer shrugged.
"I don't know of one, really," he said. "It might be settling to the team a little bit. But I think the team feels comfortable with whoever's out there."
With Clausen and Ainge deadlocked 11 days shy of the opener, Fulmer was asked what factor will break the tie.
Grinning smugly, he replied: "Probably who I choose, I guess."
When he wasn't cracking wise, Fulmer was emphasizing that there simply isn't enough separation between Ainge and Clausen for either to be listed ahead of the other. And he saw nothing in Tuesday night's scrimmage to change that opinion.
Clausen completed 14 of 16 passes but most were dump-offs to backs and tight ends. As a result, his 14 completions netted just 91 yards, an average of 6.5 per completion.
Ainge connected on just nine of 19 but netted 132 yards, an average of nearly 15 yards per completion.
"There were some good things by both of ‘em," Fulmer said. "Rick certainly seems to be in command right now. Erik seems to be pressing a little bit out there. But when you go and grade the film, look at all the cut-ups and all the drills, those two guys are even. We're very blessed right now to have two guys."
Clausen and Ainge alternated every four snaps, so each would get an equal number of plays. Both had some good moments and some bad moments.
"To me," Fulmer said, "either one of them being in the game is just fine right now."
Clausen 14 of 16, 91 yards, 0 TD, 0 interceptions
Ainge 9 of 19, 132 yards, 0 TD, 1 interception
Hardegree 3 of 3, 22 yards, 0 TD, 0 interceptions
Cooter 1 of 2, 5 yards, 0 TD, 0 interceptions
Arian Foster 10 carries, 53 yards, 1 TD
Gerald Riggs 16 carries, 36 yards
David Yancey 6 carries, 26 yards
LaMarcus Coker 8 carries, 13 yards
Bret Smith 4 catches, 41 yards
Robert Meachem 3 catches, 60 yards
Casey Woods 3 catches, 19 yards
Chris Hannon 3 catches, 16 yards
Gerald Riggs 3 catches, 15 yards
Brad Cottam 2 catches, 33 yards
Jake Finlayson 2 catches, 16 yards
Arian Foster 2 catches, 11 yards
Britton Colquitt 37.1 average
James Wilhoit 7 of 11 (36, 44, 47, 27, 30, 48 and 52 made ... 28, 52, 48 and 48 missed).
Britton Colquitt 3 of 4 (34, 38, 38 made ... 38 missed).