April 10, 2009
Tennessee's defense came out with an air of confidence, and it showed early in the Vols' second full scrimmage of the spring.
The Vol defenders only forced one turnover but did register eight sacks on the day and seven other tackles for loss.
"We have a style that we want to be as a team and our first defense understands that," Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin said. "Our coaches are doing a great job over there. The defense goes out there every time thinking there is no way the other team is going to get a yard. I love where we are that way."
The struggles of the offensive line made it difficult for the offense to gain any momentum but Kiffin was pleased with his quarterback play. The best production by the offense came in a late 65-yard scoring drive.
"I thought Jonathan (Crompton) did really well," Kiffin said. "He moved around and made some plays, and B.J. (Coleman) did well the last series and made some plays when things weren't there."
Crompton finished the day 8-of-11 for 91 yards, and Coleman connected on 11-of-16 for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Coleman led the Vols on the 65-yard scoring drive capped by a 14-yard pass to sophomore Ben Bartholomew.
"The No. 1 offense struggled a little bit early," Kiffin said. "There was some really good things on both side of the ball but we have got a long ways to go. We have to get better."
Sophomore Tauren Poole the led Vols ground game with 80 rushes on 11 carries. Senior Montario Hardesty followed with 38 yards on eight carries. Hardesty has seen his amount of carries drop recently but Kiffin likes what he sees for the New Bern, N.C., native.
"He is really one of the leaders of our team," Kiffin said. "He has done everything we have asked. He comes out here every single day with the same attitude. He loves playing ball, he studies, and he goes to work. He is one of our guys."
The Vols will take a take a 3-day break before returning to the practice field Tuesday. Spring Practice concludes with a Thursday practice, and the annual Orange & White game Saturday at Neyland Stadium at 3 p.m.
|Jonathan Crompton, Montario Hardesty, Kevin Cooper, Gerald Jones, Quintin Hancock, Cody Pope, Jacques McClendon, Vladimir Richard, Jarrod Shaw, Chris Scott, Luke Stocker and Cody Sullins|
|Montori hughes, Dan Williams, Ben Martin, Chris Walker, Rico McCoy, LaMarcus Thompson, Nick Reveiz, C.J. Fleming, Rod Wilks, Art Evans and Stephaun Raines|
|Chris Walker||5 (safety)||3/8||2/7||-/-||-/-|
|- Tauren Poole 1 yard run (Ingham Kick Good)|
|- Chris Walker safety (sacked Jonathan Crompton in the endzone)|
|- Denarius Moore 30 yard pass from B.J. Coleman (Lincoln Kick Good)|
|- Ahmad Paige 23 yard pass from Nick Stephens (Lincoln Kick Good)|
|- Daniel Lincoln 32 yard FG|
|- Ben Bartholomew 14 yard pass from B.J. Coleman (Lincoln Kick Good)|