Final Tennessee scrimmage exposes young players

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is comfortable with most of his first-team players after the Volunteers' final fall scrimmage. It's the backups he's worried about.

The Vols spent Saturday working on specific situations, like running out the clock or needing to win late in the game. Dooley says those situations exposed the inexperienced players.

Dooley wasn't particularly pleased with the performance of either the offense or defense. The offense struggled a bit early, with the quarterbacks throwing at least a couple interceptions, while the defense gave up a few plays late.

Tennessee didn't release statistics on the scrimmage, which was closed to the media and the public.

Dooley said the team would review the film and do whatever it could to correct the issues before the Sept. 4 season opener against Tennessee-Martin.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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