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Ainge, Cutcliffe energize Volunteers' offense

Armed with a rejuvenated Erik Ainge and David Cutcliffe's play calling, Tennessee looked like Tennessee again, writes Mark Schlabach.

Updated: September 3, 2006, 1:00 AM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Midway through the first half of Tennessee's game against ninth-ranked California at Neyland Stadium on Saturday night, Volunteers quarterback Erik Ainge threw a pass that looked like so many he threw during a turnover-plagued sophomore season in 2005.

Ainge, who went from freshman All-American in 2004 to benched scapegoat during the Vols' 5-6 season last year, had just thrown a pass behind receiver Lucas Taylor, who tipped the football into the air. The pass was ...

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