Sanders in no hurry

Tennessee football fans are eager to learn which quarterback will start the Vols' opener against Alabama-Birmingham. The two leading contenders are eager, too.

Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders would like to accommodate the fans and the contenders but he's more intent on making the right choice than making a prompt choice. That's why Erik Ainge and Rick Clausen must wait a while longer to learn which one will take the first snap on Sept. 3.

"I don't feel pressured to make the decision anytime soon," Sanders said this week.

Thus, at least for the foreseeable future, Ainge and Clausen will continue to compete and continue to wonder who'll be No. 1 and who'll be No. 1-A when the decision is announced.

"I'm sure they'd like to know," Sanders conceded. "Once they find out, one of ‘em will be glad we made it (announcement) and the other one will be wishing we'd waited a little longer. They're both on a good track, it's not a distraction to the team or either one of them, so I don't know that there's a huge hurry to do it."

Sanders says he already has enough information to make a decision on who starts the opener. Still, he figures the more practice work he observes, the more confident he can be in his decision.

"I think we have enough to make a decision," he said. "But every day when we see what they're doing, you can make a little more informed decision."


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