Football 101: Tennessee's sideline audibles

Originally Published: September 16, 2004
By Bob Davie | Special to ESPN Insider
When Florida visits Knoxville on Saturday, all the attention will again focus on Tennessee's two freshmen quarterbacks, Brent Schaeffer and Erik Ainge. Both signal callers were impressive on Sept. 5 against UNLV in their first collegiate performances. Because the game was nationally televised on ESPN, fans from across the country got a chance to see why Phillip Fulmer made the decision to go with the two talented freshmen as his co-No. 1 quarterbacks.

Fans who watched the game also couldn't help but notice the maturity and composure each showed in running the Tennessee offense. Most people were surprised by how much checking the two young quarterbacks did at the line of scrimmage, and how easy it was to get Tennessee's offense into the correct play against UNLV's multiple-blitzing 3-4 defense.

Fans who watched the game also couldn't help but notice that Tennessee's two quarterbacks were looking to the sideline at the line of scrimmage to get the checks from offensive coordinator Randy Sanders.


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Bob Davie

College Football
Bob Davie, a veteran college football coach of 25 years, most recently as head coach at the University of Notre Dame, serves as an analyst on college football game telecasts and select studio shows.