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Vandy coach undecided at QB

NASHVILLE — Kentucky will have to prepare for two Vanderbilt quarterbacks this week.

Vandy Coach Bobby Johnson said he doesn't know whether Mackenzi Adams or Chris Nickson will start against the Wildcats.

"Very possibly, we could play both of them," Johnson said.

Adams has started the last three games, but he suffered a hip pointer in last weekend's 42-14 loss to Florida. Nickson finished the game and directed the Commodores' only two scoring drives of 81 and 87 yards.

"I think both of them have the same kind of skill set, so we're not going to have a different game plan for either one of them," Johnson said Monday. "Both of them should be able to master the game plan."

Fulmer looking for QB help

KNOXVILLE — Now is the time for anyone with quarterbacking experience at Tennessee to step forward.

After poor quarterback play contributed heavily to the Vols' seventh loss of the season, Coach Phillip Fulmer plans to give a closer look to third-string freshman B.J. Coleman and even sophomore safety Eric Berry during Tennessee's off week.

"Right now we'll look at everything," he said.

The Volunteers are coming off a 13-7 homecoming loss to Wyoming, a 261/2-point underdog. Starter Nick Stephens threw two interceptions; one was returned for a touchdown and the other set up a second TD. Backup Jonathan Crompton also played but was mostly ineffective.

The Vols (3-7, 1-5 SEC) have a week to rest and recover before facing Vanderbilt next week. They close the season Nov. 29 against Kentucky.

Tide could lose two for State

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Coach Nick Saban said tailback Roy Upchurch and receiver Earl Alexander are questionable for Saturday night's game against Mississippi State.

Upchurch missed last weekend's victory over LSU because of a neck injury, and Alexander hurt his shoulder in the game.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide have lost two straight against the Bulldogs.

Texas player defends coaches

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas Longhorns team leader said he approved of the way coaches handled the dismissal of a player who posted a racial slur on his Facebook page about President-elect Barack Obama.

Backup center Buck Burnette left No. 4 Texas on Wednesday for what was announced as an unspecified violation of team rules.

Senior defensive end Brian Orakpo said he considered the dismissal "appropriate."

"My prayers are for him, but we've got to move on," Orakpo said.

Orakpo said players should know their personal Web pages such as MySpace and Facebook can be sources of controversy.

"With the way the media and the Internet is evolving, everything you say can get you in trouble," Orakpo said.

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