Tennessee faces QB uncertainty ahead of hosting Tennessee Tech

Tennessee coach Josh Heupel has adopted a “wait-and-see” approach to his team’s situation at quarterback as the Volunteers (1-1) prepare for Saturday’s nonconference game against Tennessee Tech (0-2).Joe Milton III, a transfer from Michigan, has started the first two games for the Vols after beating out Virginia Tech transfer Hendon Hooker and returnee Harrison Bailey, who had three starts as a freshman last year.But Milton sustained a leg injury in last week’s 41-34 loss to Pittsburgh and was largely ineffective before going down. He managed only 50 yards passing while going 7-of-12, though he did rush for 54 yards despite 14 yards in losses on sacks. He is 18-of-35 passing for 189 yards in a game-and-a-half.Hooker completed 15-of-21 attempts for 188 yards in 2 1/2 quarters against Pitt but also lost a fumble and threw an interception in Pitt territory on Tennessee’s final series.”I thought Hendon did a lot of good things,” Heupel said. “As a backup you don’t get the same amount of reps and you don’t know when your time is going to be called.”I thought he answered the bell with a lot of positive things during the course of play. Obviously, he has to do a better job taking care of the football.”Heupel said he will be evaluating Milton’s injury in practice but did not commit to starting him if he is healthy.”We’ll find out during the course of the week,” Heupel said. “There are multiple factors that play into who’s taking the snaps.”

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