I usually don't remember my dreams.
But I can't shake the one I had in my sleep after watching Tennessee maintain its own championship dream with a 42-17 win over Louisiana Tech.
My dream was followed by a nightmare.
As I was falling asleep, I remember thinking about Fulmer's post-game thoughts about his two freshmen quarterbacks: "It's a thrill-a-minute with those two. It's a thrill-a ..."
As my eyes closed, all I heard were voices from the future.
First, the dream ...
With the first pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select Brent Schaeffer, quarterback, University of Tennessee ...
With the second pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select Erik Ainge, quarterback, University of Tennessee ...
In just his second season in the pros, Erik Ainge just led the Super-Bowl-winning drive for a team that was 0-16 just two seasons ago. This guy has always been mature beyond his years ...
America, welcome to the Brent Schaeffer experience ... This 2012 Super Bowl will go down as the birth of a legend...
Welcome to ESPN Classic 2054 ... 50 years ago, Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer started on a quest to disprove the theory that a two-quarterback system couldn't work in college football. Over the course of four seasons together and three national titles, Erik Ainge and Brent Schaeffer proved the doubters wrong.
Ainge and Schaeffer are now going into their 20th season as co-coaches of the Tennessee football program. They have followed in the footsteps of their multiple national-champion coach.
Now, the nightmare ...
It's mayhem down on the field ... Brent Schaeffer has just led the Miami Hurricanes over the Tennessee Volunteers in the most lopsided win in the history of the national championship. Tennessee has got to feel like the Boston Red Sox for letting this kid get away ...
Whatever happened to Erik Ainge? This kid was dynamite in his freshman debut with the Vols ... But I don't think any team in this 2008 NFL Draft can remember back that far ...
Welcome to ESPN Classic 2054 ... 50 years ago, Phillip Fulmer stopped playing Brent Schaeffer after the third game of his freshman season. Tennessee went on to lose four out of its last eight games under the direction of fellow freshman Erik Ainge, who just never seemed to live up to his play in his first three college games when he shared time with Schaeffer ...
We now go live to Phillip Fulmer's 104th birthday party, where it seems the old ball coach - who never could duplicate his '98 championship season - is still talking to himself ...
Why didn't I keep playing Brent Schaeffer? Why didn't I keep playing Brent Schaeffer? Why didn't I keep playing ...
Croak.
When I woke up with my pillow soaking wet, I sat up and thought about the situation.
I want to see Ainge and Schaeffer (or Schaeffer and Ainge, whatever) play together for four years.
However, if one of them slowly earns all of the snaps under center over time, I don't want to see Vol fans call the other one "selfish" for leaving.
I want to see Fulmer etch his name next to those of other legendary coaches with multiple national titles. I want him to show others in the world of college football that this can be done with a two-quarterback rotation.
Is this just a dream?
That depends on Fulmer.
Keep 'em happy.
- Matt Giles is the sports editor of The Daily Beacon and a senior in journalism. He can be reached a mgiles@utk.edu.