Friday Spring Scrimmage Report

On Friday afternoon the Tennessee football team was lucky enough to have a clear day that allowed for wonderful practice weather. Despite a constant wind and several high school coaches in attendance, the team got some good work done heading into Saturday's full-scale scrimmage.

Coach Phillip Fulmer seemed pleased with his team's workout on Friday afternoon, but seemed very anxious to see how his players would react to Saturday's big session. "Today was a good day for us," Fulmer said about Friday's practice. "(Saturday) is going to be the biggest test we will have this spring really." Traditionally the scrimmage the week before the spring game had turned out to be a big one. That should not be any different tomorrow with both defensive tackle spots, a corner position and a wide receiver slot open. It will be interesting to see how some guys react to the pushing from their coaches on Saturday.

Casey Clausen, despite the hard-blowing wind, was throwing laser passes this afternoon. Although he has been named a captain, this spring has been very status quoi. The senior has quietly gone about his business of being the leader on the offensive side of the ball. The question that remains is this spring a catalyst for a great season for Casey or another 2002 type of year?

Cedric Houston was back and running the ball well on Friday. He showed no signs that the ankle sprain is causing him problems. Fulmer said Houston would sit out the scrimmage just to be sure he did not further damage to the injury.

C.J. Fayton and Mark Jones both had good afternoons catching the football. Jones made two nice long touchdown grabs from Clausen. Fayton had a rough start by dropping some catchable balls, but rebounded with a 55-plus yard score from C.J. Leak. Both players need a solid performance in Saturday's scrimmage.

Matt McGlothlin continues to be one of the best defensive tackles this spring. He is currently rotating in the top 3 with Greg Jones and Mondre Dickerson. Jones and Dickerson usually are the first two with McGlothlin subing in. He has done a wonderful job handling double teams from his offensive line teammates. The next 7 days will have a big impact on Matt's destiny with the defensive line.

The team will hold their last major scrimmage before the Orange and White game on Saturday. The squad game will begin at 12:30 and will be around 100 plays long.


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