Jeremy Pruitt says Vols QB Brian Maurer 'probably doubtful' for Saturday's game against South Carolina

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Tennessee quarterback J.T. Shrout warms up for a home game against BYU on Sept. 7.

KNOXVILLE - For the third time this month, the Tennessee Volunteers are dealing with uncertainty at quarterback.

Only this time, instead of questions about who will start Saturday's Southeastern Conference game against South Carolina, the Volunteers are pretty sure who is likely not to be behind center.

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday during the weekly SEC teleconference that freshman Brian Maurer was "probably doubtful" to play against the visiting Gamecocks (3-4, 2-3). Maurer sustained a concussion in the first quarter of last week's 35-13 loss at top-ranked Alabama, and on Wednesday he was at Vanderbilt Medical Center for further testing.

He hasn't practiced all week, meaning his absence would leave Tennessee (2-5, 1-3) with redshirt junior Jarrett Guarantano and redshirt freshman J.T.