Sunday, March 30, 2008

Spring Football Report

The Vols are hard at work on the grid iron. While the offense is busy trying to learn a new offense, the defense is working on getting back on the right track. The defense did well in the first spring scrimmage yesterday. Safety Demetrice Morley headlined a solid afternoon by UT’s secondary and tackle Dan Williams did well up front for the Vols. Morley had an interception with a return of twenty-three yards, as well as three tackles and a sack. “Demetrice is a football player,” Fulmer said. “I’m excited about him being back. I know he is appreciative to have a second opportunity. I just want to see him consistently do the things off the field, in the classroom, that he is supposed to do and he is doing a real good job of that right now.” Williams batted down four attempts and had three tackles.

While most expect the starting job to go to Jonathan Crompton, BJ Coleman and Nick Stephens did well in yesterday. Crompton was 7-of-15 passing on 55 yards, with a touchdown to TE Luke Stocker and an interception taken away by Demetrice Morley. Coleman finished 9-of-15 on 95 yards including a 48-yarder that highlighted Briscoe’s five catches for 83 yards. Lastly, Stephens 5-of-8 on 54 yards. Gerald Jones finished with five receptions for 25 yards, while Quintin Hancock added three catches for 26 yards. Daryl Vereen finished with 20 yards on nine tries, while Montario Hardesty went for 17 yards on 5 tries, and Lennon Creer had 8 tries for 14 yards. The only rushing touchdown went to Kevin Cooper, who had two yards on his two attempts.

Donald Langley and Anthony Anderson finished with 5 tackles each, while Dan Williams, Nick Reveiz, C.J. Fleming, and LaMarcus Thompson tallied 4 of their own. Eric Berry, the great sophomore corner, finished with just 1 tackle, but he did have a blocked field goal. Speaking of field goal kicking, sophomore Daniel Lincoln was 6-of-7 with a long 44 yards, while freshman Devin Mathis finished 9-of-15 with a long of 43. Chad Cunningham took over the the punting game, 4 punts with an average of 43 yards Saturday, while Britton Colquitt is suspended.

The Vols are trying to battle injuries early, as fullback David Holbert and linebacker Nevin McKenzie both went down Saturday to left knee injuries. This all, without mentioning Jeff Cottam's broken tibia, suffered earlier in the Spring.


MoonDog said...

It's all about the QB, as it always is. I don't care who wins the job, I just want someone to make good decisions and get out of the pocket, unlike the predecessor.

Nice scribble.

Sports Fan said...

I think Crompton can get out of the pocket, but I'm not sure about his decision making. His TD to Meachem a few years ago was a great catch, but thrown into double coverage. He had 1 TD and 2 INTs last year, as well as 1 TD and 1 INT in the scrimmage; leaves me questioning him.

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