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Clausen listed as probable despite injury

10/8/2002

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen did
not practice Monday because of a sore left shoulder and was listed
as probable for No. 10 Tennessee's game Saturday at sixth-ranked
Georgia.

Clausen, who throws with his right arm, had X-rays after the
Volunteers' 41-38 win Saturday over Arkansas in six overtimes, but
they revealed no significant damage.

"He's sore and should be fine,'' coach Phillip Fulmer said.

Clausen hurt his shoulder in the fourth quarter when he was
knocked down and landed on it. He dressed for practice Monday but
did not throw and had his shoulder iced down.

The only treatment will be icing it down while it heals itself.

Clausen said doctors will recommend whether he practice the rest
of the week.

"I have some say in it too,'' Clausen said.

He said practicing this week will be a day-to-day decision.

Clausen, a junior, was sacked three times by Arkansas and has
been pressured and hit more than usual this season.

He has started for Tennessee since the middle of his freshman
year. He has averaged 272 yards passing a game this season and
leads the Southeastern Conference in completion percentage at 67.9,
completions per game with 22 and in total offense with 284 average
yards. Clausen also has thrown eight touchdown passes.

Without Clausen, Tennessee would be in trouble. His backup,
junior C.J. Leak, took most of the snaps in practice Monday. Leak
transferred from Wake Forest two years ago after suffering a severe
knee injury. He completed four of nine passes in the season opener
against Wyoming but has not played in any other games so far.

Fulmer said receiver Kelley Washington would practice some at
quarterback this week. Last season Washington was a quarterback but
moved to wide receiver.

Tennessee listed kicker Alex Walls (quad), offensive guard
Anthony Herrera (knee/ankle) and defensive end Karlton Neal (knee)
questionable. Tailback Cedric Houston, who missed last week's game,
was doubtful because of a torn ligament in his left thumb.