Yancey Catches Phil's Eye

It happens every spring ... an unheralded walk-on turns heads with his spirited play during Tennessee's spring practice. This year that guy is David Yancey.

Yancey, a 5-8, 176-pound rising sophomore from Norfolk, Va., worked as a defensive back last fall but moved to tailback this spring. With Gerald Riggs, Jr., and Cory Larkins sidelined by ankle injuries, Yancey got the bulk of the carries in Saturday's full scale scrimmage. He made the most of his opportunity, getting 35 yards on 14 rushes and a tip of the hat from Phillip Fulmer.

''I think David Yancey is one of the toughest guys on this football team,'' the Vols' head man said. ''As soon as I can, I'm going to help him with a scholarship. I don't know when that can be but he's a great young man.''

With Riggs and Larkins sidelined, Yancey is running third-team at tailback behind Cedric Houston and Jabari Davis. Davis carried 13 times for 56 yards during the scrimmage but fumbled twice. Houston suffered a finger injury during the scrimmage.

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