The Tennessee football squad drilled for about two-and-a-half hours Friday
afternoon in a stiff breeze and under blue skies at Neyland Stadium.
The Vols spent the majority of practice honing individual skills in their
respective position groups. Head coach Phillip Fulmer's charges topped off
the session with an approximately 60-play controlled scrimmage with snaps
split between the first- and second-team.
In the scrimmage, Tennessee worked on different down-and-distance
combinations, including short-yardage situations, and the two-minute
Offensively, quarterback Tee Martin led the squad with a pair of touchdown
passes. Overall, he was 3-of-6 passing for 27 yards.
"Tee Martin continues to handle everything the way you want it handled,"
Fulmer said. "He just does a great job.
"One thing we found today is we've got problems with our young centers and
quarterbacks on the exchange. That is very disturbing," he added. "I
promise next week our goal will be to get the center-quarterback exchange
for the second team done right. We don't want to have to put Toby Champion
in there just so the second team will have a center."
Wide receiver Eric Parker snagged two passes for 17 yards and a touchdown.
Cedrick Wilson caught a 10-yard touchdown strike. On the ground, Travis
Stephens contributed 33 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown. Kurston
Biggers added three touchdowns on short-yardage situational plays for 23
yards on eight carries.
Defensively, Will Overstreet notched two sacks (one for a safety), a tackle
for a loss, a pass broken up and an additional tackle. Andre James
contributed three solo tackles and an assist.
Dominique Stevenson added a tackle for a loss and two hits. Maurice
Fitzgerald picked off a Joey Matthews pass. John Henderson recovered a
fumble and made a stop for no gain.
"It was so mixed today it would be hard to say which did better, offense or
defense," Fulmer said. "The defense didn't allow them to get the ball out.
That was real encouraging. Offensively, they got the ball at the 20 and got
points each time, so that was good."
In the kicking game, Robert Loudermilk hit 6-of-7 field goals and 2-of-2
extra points. Alex Walls nailed 5-of-5 field goals and 2-of-2 extra points.
Chip Walters knocked down 3-of-4 field goals.
The Vols have three practices left, including the annual Orange and White
Game on Saturday.
Vols work on skills in pre-season practices
Published: Mon Apr 19, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:50 p.m.