Vols throw to tight end!

You had to see it to believe it. Even then, you wondered if your eyes were deceiving you.

In Tennessee's first full-scale scrimmage of the spring Saturday at Neyland Stadium, 300-pound tight end Victor McClure caught three passes. That's two more than he caught in 13 games last season. He converted these catches into 25 yards.

McClure's first reception gained 14 yards, then he came back on the very next snap to catch a six-yarder. Observers had to be wondering: Was this for real or is it just an early April Fool's joke being sprung by Vol offensive coordinator Randy Sanders?

''Victor's a weapon, man,'' No. 1 quarterback C.J. Leak said. ''He's a lot like (320-pound Jason) Peters of Arkansas but he's more athletic than Peters is. Victor's got nice, soft hands.''

McClure, a load to tackle, got half of his yards after the catch.

''A lot of what we're doing is getting the ball out quick and letting guys run with it,'' Leak said. ''And Victor's a heck of an athlete. A lot of guys see him and they don't think he's as good an athlete as he is. But I figure, 'Hey, get him the ball and let him do his thing.' ''

Backup tight end Brad Cottam also caught a pass, albeit for a mere three-yard gain.

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