Thursday, October 18, 2007

Tech QB 'questionable'

Not wanting to appear as if he were holding out on anybody, Tennessee Tech coach Watson Brown said Thurdsay quarterback Lee Sweeney could be available to play Saturday against Jacksonville State.

Sweeney was upgraded to "questionable" by the Tech training staff Thursday. That doesn't mean, however, he wll play.

Sweeney, last year's OVC Freshman of the Year, tore knee ligaments in the Murray State game Sept. 20 and Brown reiterated Tuesday he hoped to get the quarterback back for the Golden Eagles' Samford game.

Sweeney dressed out against Austin Peay, but did not play.

"We hope to get him back for Samford," Brown said. "I couldn't imagine the kid getting ready to play. He's on the field. He's doing some individual drill stuff. We're hoping to get him back for Samford."

The Golden Eagles have used four quarterbacks this season. Freshman Cass Barnes and junior receiver turned quarterback Steven Brown, the coach's son, are expected to play.

Sweeney had topped the 200-yard passing mark in two of the first three games this year, including 302 in the season opener at Eastern Illinois. He has passed for 2,987 yards in 15 games, placing him seventh in career yardage.

He was 11-of-27 for 117 yards in last year's 17-10 overtime loss to the Gamecocks.

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