Vols Likely Not Naming Starting QB Until Kickoff of Florida Game

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Updated: 9/18/2013 9:21 pm

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After Butch Jones announced on Monday that Tennessee's quarterback position was open for competition, one of the biggest questions going into Saturday's game is who will be starting against the Florida Gators? 

On Jones' radio show 'Vol Calls,' Wednesday night, the coach made it clear it might go all the way until the teams take the field on Saturday to know who will start under center. 

"We will probably pick a quarterback starter at the conclusion of pregame warm-ups on Saturday," Jones said. 

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian echoed Jones when he spoke earlier in the day. 

"The guys are competing every day," Bajakian said. "The process could go all the way into pregame warm ups." 

Throughout the week, Bajakian believes that it has been business as usual. Each quarterback is approaching practice as they always have and are competing and improving their personal play every day. 

"Embracing competition," said Bajakian. "Again, I feel like a broken record but we always talk about the process, but part of the process is improving on a daily basis and part of that is competing on a daily basis. Everyone has approached it with a mentality that they are going to compete and improve every day. 

"There is a little more energy, that is for sure," said Bajakian.

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