August 18, 2007
(Raw video, plus post-scrimmage comments to come shortly)
KNOXVILLE (AP) -- Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer was rather reticent following a scrimmage tonight riddled with several injuries and numerous dropped passes.
He said quarterback Erik Ainge is in complete command of throwing the ball, but the tight ends dropped way too many passes.
Sophomore Austin Rodgers was the most sure-handed receiver, pulling in four balls for 56 yards.
Number 15 Tennessee has one more scrimmage planned before opening at Number 12 California on September 1st.
Punter Britton Colquitt sat out after pulling a muscle on the opening kick off. Senior defensive end Xavier Mitchell was pulled from action and Fulmer revealed he had suffered a minor concussion.
But freshman tailbacks Lennon Creer and Daryl Vereen continued to show positive progression.
And cornerback Eric Berry showed his talent in covering large portions of the field, knocking down passes, taking down a fair number of offensive players and reeling in an interception.
TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE STATISTICS 8/18/07
Offensive Starters: C Josh McNeil, OT Ramon Foster and Eric Young, OG Chris Scott and Anthony Parker, TE Chris Brown and Brad Cottam, WR Austin Rogers and Lucas Taylor, TB Arian Foster, QB Erik Ainge.
Defensive Starters: DE Xavier Mitchell and Antonio Reynolds, DT J.T. Mapu and Demonte Bolden, LB Rico McCoy, Jerod Mayo and Adam Myers-White, CB Marsalous Johnson and Antonio Gaines, S Jonathan Hefney and Jarod Parrish.
Rushing Leaders (Att.-Yds.-TD): Daryl Vereen 13-47-1; Lennon Creer 11-57-0; Josh Hawkins 10-29-0; Arian Foster 8-41-0; Roy Olasimbo 6-32-1; Montario Hardesty 5-30-0.
Passing Leaders (Att.-Comp.-Int.-Yds.-TD): Erik Ainge 25-14-1-146-2; Jonathan Crompton 15-10-0-77-0; Nick Stevens 12-5-1-47-0; B.J. Coleman 9-3-0-19-0.
Receiving Leaders (No.-Yds.-TD): Austin Rogers 4-56-0; Josh Briscoe 4-29-0; Gerald Jones 4-20-0; Jeff Cottam 3-20-0; Denarius Moore 2-48-1; Kenny O’Neal 2-17-0; Tyler Maples 2-15-0; Ahmad Paige 2-15-0; Chris Brown 2-6-1.
Defensive Leaders: Nevin McKenzie 7 tackles, 1 PBU; DeAngelo Willingham 7 tackles, PBU; Dorian Davis 7 tackles, 2 TFL (-6); Rico McCoy 6 tackles; Jerod Mayo 6 tackles; LaMarcus Thompson 6 tackles, 2 sacks (-17); Eric Berry 5 tackles, interception; Jarod Parrish 5 tackles; Jonathan Hefney 4 tackles; Chris Donald 4 tackles; Dan Williams 4 tackles, sack (-1), 1 PBU; Chris Walker 4 tackles, PBU; Xavier Mitchell 4 tackles, sack (-5); Art Evans 3 tackles, PBU; Michael Crain 3 tackles, TFL (-3); Marsalous Johnson 2 tackles, PBU; Savion Frazier 2 tackles, TFL (-3); Adam Myers-White 2 tackles, TFL (-3), PBU; Donald Langley 2 tackles, sack (-8); Walter Fisher 2 tackles, TFL (-3); C.J. Fleming tackle, interception; Antonio Gaines tackle, PBU.
Punting Leader (No.-Avg.-Long): Chad Cunningham 11-43.5-50.
Field Goal Leader: Daniel Lincoln 5-of-8, long 36.