Brent Schaeffer for Heisman?

Tennessee tried to make him a wide receiver. Now is trying to make him a Heisman Trophy contender.

The player in question: Former UT quarterback Brent Schaeffer.

Vol fans undoubtedly recall that Schaeffer made quite a splash in his early days at Knoxville. He wowed coaches, teammates and spectators alike with his elusiveness in 2004 preseason scrimmages, then started the '04 opener as a true freshman.

Schaeffer eventually lost the first-team job to fellow rookie Erik Ainge, then transferred when UT tried him at wide receiver and suspended him during 2005 spring practice. After a spectacular season of junior college ball, Schaeffer has resurfaced at Ole Miss, where he was tabbed the No. 1 quarterback this spring.

Each year at this time ranks the top 100 contenders for the Heisman Trophy, and Schaeffer made the list for 2006. He checks in at No. 67. Here's what Richard Cirminiello, who compiled the list, has to say about him:

67. QB Brent Schaeffer, Ole Miss – A real wildcard this year, Schaeffer was last seen flashing gobs of potential as a young member of the Tennessee Volunteers. After a short and successful stint in junior college, he's back in the SEC and determined to be the Rebs' offensive savior. is running its top 100 in installments, with 20 players profiled each day. Players 61-100 have been profiled thus far. The other players of interest to Tennessee fans are as follows:

61. Alley Broussard or Justin Vincent, RB, LSU

72. Blake Mitchell, QB, South Carolina

73. Thomas Brown, RB, Georgia

91. Justin Forsett, RB, California

To read Cirminiello's entire list, go to, then click on the "Heisman 100" link.

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