UT practice report

Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer offered no insight as to which quarterback will take the field with the first unit in the 2005 opener against UAB. The Vols practiced for nearly two hours Thursday in Vol gear.

"No big announcement," Fulmer said as he left Haslam Field. "We're still in the evaluation process and we'll continue to talk about it as a staff. Like I've said, I think we have a good situation."

Rick Clausen and Erik Ainge have been virtually even throughout fall camp. Fulmer says he thinks the team feels comfortable with either quarterback at the helm, most likely because they have been so interchangeable during both practices and scrimmages.

"I just wish we had this problem at every position, and that's the truth," Fulmer said.

The Vols open one week from Saturday against UAB at Neyland Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.


The Vol Network's preseason football special, "Inside the Orange: Tennessee Football 2005," airs across the Volunteer State this weekend on affiliates making up the Vol Television Network.

The TV affiliate lineup and coverage for the 2005 preseason special is the largest in the history of the Vol Network. This one-hour program originates from the Wolf-Kaplan Center underneath the north end zone at Neyland Stadium and is hosted by Bob Kesling and head coach Phillip Fulmer.

The special features exclusive interviews with offensive linemen Cody Douglas and Rob Smith, cornerback Jason Allen, quarterbacks Rick Clausen and Erik Ainge, linebacker Kevin Simon and tailback Gerald Riggs Jr. There also will be a special feature on the recent announcement regarding the retiring of numbers of three former Volunteer greats.

The show airs in the following markets: Memphis, WMC, Friday, 8 p.m.; Nashville, WZTV, Saturday, 6 p.m.; Knoxville, WBIR, Saturday, 7 p.m.; Chattanooga, WTVC, Sunday, 12:30 p.m.; Tri-Cities, WKPT, Sunday, 1 p.m., and WAPK, Sunday, 7 p.m.; CSS (Southeast), Monday, 7 p.m.; Fox Sports Net South (Southeast), Thursday, Sept. 1, 8 p.m.

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