Tennessee's Stephens in a cast

March, 9, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The three-way quarterback derby at Tennessee may be more of a two-man race for at least part of spring practice.

Nick Stephens, who started in six games last season for the Vols, suffered an injury to his wrist and is currently in a cast. He's expected to miss or at least be limited for most of the Vols' March practices. They open spring practice on Tuesday and will play their spring game on April 18.

Senior Jonathan Crompton and sophomore B.J. Coleman are the other two quarterbacks competing for the starting job. Crompton opened last season as the starter before giving way to Stephens during the middle portion of the season and then returning as the starter toward the end. Coleman also played some late in the season.

First-year Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin has said the race will be wide open and there's no timetable for naming a starter.

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