Backup QBs concern Fulmer

James Banks and C.J. Leak are making some progress this spring but Vol head coach Phillip Fulmer is far from happy with UT's quarterback depth behind starter Casey Clausen.

''I don't think we've made enough progress at backup quarterback,'' Fulmer said after watching Banks complete just one of six pass attempts for 3 yards and Leak three of eight for 30 in last Friday's controlled scrimmage.

''There are flashes,'' the head man added. ''Both of them give you a little bit of flash occasionally.''

Banks is the most electrifying ballcarrier on the team but occasionally struggles with his throwing and decision-making. Leak is throwing the ball fairly well but seems indecisive at times.

''James is trying to be more disciplined; I'll give him that,'' Fulmer said. ''And C.J. has always tried to be. But we've got a ways to go with the backups right now.''

Clausen had a fairly good performance in the scrimmage. He completed eight of 12 throws for 119 yards and two touchdowns. He threw two interceptions, however.

Overall, the offense has looked very inconsistent.

''I'm not displeased,'' Fulmer said. ''We're certainly not as sharp as I'd like us to be at some things. Casey's doing really well. All of the older guys have done pretty well, and the younger guys are trying to get better.''

Although the first- and second-team defenses generally dominated play, there were surprisingly few head-turning tackles during Friday's scrimmage. When asked if anyone was injured during the workout, Fulmer quipped: ''I'm not sure we hit anybody hard enough to hurt anybody.''


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