Ainge to start vs. LSU

Tennessee's quarterback job is becoming a temporary position.

Sophomore Erik Ainge started Game 1 vs. Alabama-Birmingham, played two series, then lost the job. Senior Rick Clausen started Game 2 vs. Florida, played two series, then -- lo and behold -- lost the job back to Ainge.

Head coach Phillip Fulmer announced following Monday's practice that Ainge is the man ... at least for Game 3 at LSU this Saturday.

"Obviously, where we came up short offensively is making plays against man-to-man coverage and press coverage," Fulmer said. "We had four, five, six chances down the field and we didn't get that done. I felt like we would have gotten that done. So that's a priority, getting on the same page.

"One of the ways to help that is to go ahead and make a decision at quarterback and stay with Erik Ainge. That is absolutely no reflection on Rick (Clausen) because certainly he can help our football team."

The Vols managed just 213 yards of total offense in last Saturday's 16-7 loss at Florida. Apparently, UT coaches have decided the routine changing of quarterbacks is hurting cohesion.

"We've got to get on the same page from a timing standpoint, with nobody looking over their shoulder all the time," Fulmer said.

Tennessee also committed three special teams blunders that led to nine Florida points in the second half. Fulmer hopes to shore up that area, as well.

"We're just not playing smart," Fulmer said. "The best thing I know to do is to go back to work and get things corrected."


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