Tennessee had its first full scrimmage of spring practice at Neyland
Stadium on Friday, a session marked by Travis Stephens rushing for 87 yards
on 14 carries and Kurston Biggers carrying 17 times for 70 yards.
In addition, a third tailback, Travis Henry, had a 25-yard run for a score
as part of a seven-carry, 44-yard effort on the day. Fullback Will
Bartholomew had two carries for 30 yards, comprised of extra-effort runs of
18 and 12 yards.
"The fullbacks had some good runs," said UT head coach Phillip Fulmer, "but
their challenge is to be consistent blockers."
On the quarterback front, Tee Martin completed 2-of-5 passes for 75 yards,
including a 66-yard bomb to wideout Eric Parker. Martin also scored on a
Joey Matthews was 6-of-9 for 57 yards, while incoming freshman A.J. Suggs
completed 2-of-7 passes for 18 yards.
Parker had three catches for 79 yards to pace the Vol receiving corps.
"I thought both young quarterbacks did okay," Fulmer said. "Nothing
spectacular, but okay.
"I don't think we achieved our goal of getting a look at the young
receivers. That will be the focal point next week."
Defensively, freshman linebacker Travis Colston had five tackles, while
defensive back Willie Miles added four, with an interception and a pass
Roger Alexander had three sacks, while Darwin Walker had two sacks and a
tackle for a loss (-9 yards). Bernard Jackson blocked a field goal, caused
a fumble and had a sack.
Freshman Omari Hand had three tackles, a sack and a pass broken up.
"We gave up too many big plays defensively," Fulmer said.
David Leaverton punted seven times for a 49.9-yard average with a long boot
of 65 yards. Robert Loudermilk hit eight field goals in nine attempts,
ranging from 26 to 47 yards.
"There was good work in the kicking game, which is wide open," Fulmer said.
"We're looking for the most consistent guy. You can't carry two or three of
them in SEC games.
"We'll find a kicker. That will be a big decision. Nobody's emerged, but
nobody's been terrible."
Football Vols show promise at spring training
Published: Mon Apr 05, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:49 p.m.