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Ex-UT QB Ainge Tells Radio Show Vols Should “Step On” Bama QB McCarron’s Knee

In the ridiculous comment department, former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge of WVLZ-AM in Knoxville got the blue ribbon today for suggesting to his audience that the Vol defense should target quarterback AJ McCarron’s banged up knee when #1 Alabama faces off with the Vols tomorrow:


“I say it all the time.  Nasty, attitude, get after it.  Do something crazy.  The first time AJ McCarron drops back, tell one of your boys you’ve got fifteen on this one. He’s got a sore knee, go step on it…

If we try to play straight up with these guys and just run our stuff and they run their stuff, and we’re just going to try to play with them, I don’t think we’re going to beat these guys. We’re going to have to do something out of the norm. Whether it’s from an attitude standpoint, a gameplan standpoint, or bending the rules a little bit. We’re going to have to do something that makes them say ‘Woah, this isn’t how teams play us. Why aren’t these guys scared? Everyone’s supposed to be afraid of us.’”


Whether Ainge was serious, kidding or somewhere in between, he provided Alabama’s team with a bit more motivation before tomorrow’s game.  Any hopes of the Crimson Tide sleepwalking into Neyland Stadium probably went up in smoke with Ainge’s incendiary comments.

Of course, Ainge also suggested that Bama could do the same with Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray who twisted his knee last week at Mississippi State.  McCarron bruised his knee against Missouri on the same day.

It’s likely that Tennessee officials aren’t too thrilled that an ex-Vol made national news over such an out-of-bounds remark.

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