Tennessee held its annual scrimmage in conjunction with the Phillip Fulmer Coaching Clinic on Saturday at Neyland Stadium, practicing in front of gridiron mentors from across the region.
Casey Clausen and C.J. Leak highlighted the workout with a pair of touchdown passes each as the Vol offense took center stage against a defense that was without six probable starters for next year.
"A long time ago I learned don't say too much before you see the film but I think we've made some progress, particularly on the offensive side," Fulmer said. "We took care of the ball - we didn't turn it over as far as fumbles. We ran the ball a little better and certainly made a couple of plays. We got 100 plays in and didn't get anybody hurt."
Clausen connected with Mark Jones (nine yards) and C.J. Fayton (41 yards) on his scoring tosses, while Leak hooked up with Derrick Tinsley (40 yards) and Jomo Fagan (19 yards). For the afternoon, Clausen was 14-of-20 for 177 yards and Leak 5-of-8 for 86 yards.
Jones led all receivers with five catches for 75 yards, followed by Fayton with a pair for 50 yards and Tinsley's one for 40 yards. Corey Larkins had a 14-yard TD run and finished the day with 10 carries for 79 yards.
The Vols practice again Tuesday and Thursday before concluding spring drills with the Orange and White Game on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
Men's track wins at Triangular
Tennessee shined in a close triumph despite soggy conditions in the SEC Triangular on Saturday at South Carolina's Weems Baskin Track. Eight wins, three of those at least in part courtesy of Gary Kikaya, and a gutsy Volunteer effort in the 5,000-meter run locked up a 155-154 nailbiter over host South Carolina. Third-place Florida tallied 81 points.
The Lady Vols picked up their third NCAA regional qualifer of the year with Janine Tessarzik's effort in the hammer throw.
Both teams now focus on the 37th Sea Ray Relays, which take over Tom Black Track from Wednesday through Saturday.
Men's tennis loses final two road matches
In a match that was delayed by rain and then moved indoors, Tennessee's men's tennis team lost to No. 20 South Carolina 4-2 Sunday at the Sam Daniel Tennis Center.
The Vols' (9-10, 2-8 SEC) fourth consecutive loss moves the program below the .500 mark for the first time since January 1997.
Tennessee fell to Florida 6-1 on Friday in Gainesville.
In its final dual match of the season, Tennessee faces SEC Eastern Division rival Georgia in Athens on Saturday. The Bulldogs (7-13, 3-7 SEC) are currently ranked No. 18 in the nation and have lost three straight matches.
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Published: Mon Apr 07, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:01 p.m.