Yancey is a 5-8, 180-pound sophomore who came to the Vols from Norfolk, Va. After spending his first full year (2002) as a scout-squad cornerback, he moved to tailback last spring and proved to be the Vols' most efficient runner. He finished spring drills No. 2 on the depth chart behind Cedric Houston and ahead of three more scholarship backs -- Jabari Davis, Corey Larkins and Gerald Riggs Jr.
Fulmer described Yancey as ''a nuclear engineering major and a wonderful, wonderful young man ... and a guy who's going to help our football team.''
Mere hours after receiving the good news from his coach, Yancey participated in his first scrimmage as a scholarship player. He carried twice and gained 4 yards.