Quarterback competition is ‘extremely close’

After two weeks of practice and two scrimmages, first-year coach Lane Kiffin doesn’t sound close to naming Tennessee’s starting quarterback.

In fact, the only context in which the word “close” was used Monday was in describing the ongoing battle between Jonathan Crompton and Nick Stephens.
“It’s extremely close,” Kiffin said after Monday’s practice at Haslem Field.
“They’re grading out very close so it’s good to see.”
Each started six games last season. Crompton edged ahead in the spring when Stephens was limited by a hand injury.