Here’s the Rocky Top hurry up for this morning:
The bad news from last night’s scrimmage? Four more interceptions.
The good news? Bo Hardegree threw all of them.
According to UTSports.com, the offense looked “much sharper” that it did in the first two scrimmages. Erik Ainge, who played about 25 snaps, went 3 for 7 for 41 yards and a TD (to Robert Meachem) in limited action, and Jonathan Crompton went 11 of 17 for 129 yards and two scores. It should be noted that all three QBs were in green, no-contact jerseys.
Crompton played with the first-teamers a bit before playing with the second-stringers. Freshman receiver Quintin Hancock caught both touchdowns from Crompton, and Hancock led all receivers in fall practice with four scores. He’s apparently a natural, as he was covered by multiple defenders in the end zone when he caught his first touchdown.
Okay, so that’s what the official site’s take. The Tennessean’s headline is Scrimmage Lacks Energy. “I thought our general demeanor, our presence and our tempo — and that starts with me — wasn’t where it needed to be,” said Ainge. “You could make excuses all day, saying guys are tired and hurt. But everybody in the country is tired and hurting right now. We’ve got to push through it, and we’ve got a big week of practice ahead of us. We’re gearing up for Cal. That’s the number-one thing on our minds right now.” Ainge was apparently limited due to sore ribs resulting from a hit in an earlier scrimmage.
The scrimmage got off to a rocky start, as freshman center Josh McNeil snapped a ball high and Ainge bobbled it. Meachem, who was in motion on the play, recovered it, but the play resulted in a 17-yard loss. “That really kind of ruined my day,” Fulmer said. “Those things will get you beat. We hadn’t had one. We’d done a good job with a bunch of snaps in the spring and everything.”
The Vols plan to use its top three running backs — Arian Foster, Montario Hardesty, and LaMarcus Coker — this season.
The current starters appear to be as follows:
Offense — Eric Young; Anthony Parker; Josh McNeil; David Ligon; Arron Sears; Jayson Swain; Erik Ainge; Arian Foster; Cory Anderson; Chris Brown; Robert Meachem.
Defense — Turk McBride; Justin Harrell; Matt McGlothlin; Antonio Reynolds; Rico McCoy; Ryan Karl; Marvin Mitchell; Jonathan Wade; Inquoris Johnson; Antwan Stewart; Jonathan Hefney.