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Vols' Jones hoping for early answer at quarterback

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Tennessee junior receiver Gerald Jones isn't choosing sides in the quarterback battle.

The only side he's choosing is that the Vols know exactly who their quarterback is exiting spring practice. He wants no part of what he and the rest of the Tennessee receivers had to go through last season with the whole quarterback carousel.

"The hardest part about it is that it's such a guessing game," Jones said. "You can't really feel chemistry with the quarterback that's going to be on the field come game time. That's the hardest part, building chemistry."

Fifth-year senior Jonathan Crompton and sophomore B.J. Coleman are vying for the starting job this spring. Junior Nick Stephens joined the fray this week after having his cast removed. Stephens had been sidelined with a fractured wrist. All three played last season, and all three were largely ineffective.

Crompton remains the odds-on favorite to be the starter when the Vols open next season, but he still has to go out and win it. The scrimmages this spring will be big for him -- his decision-making, how efficiently he manages the new offense and how well he takes care of the ball.

However it shakes out, Jones expects the Vols to have their man by the end of the spring.

"I'm not hoping. I'm pretty confident that it's going to happen," said Jones, adding that the summer months are especially valuable to getting the timing down in the passing game when the receivers know who their quarterback is going to be.