Yancey gets scholarship

There is nothing Phillip Fulmer enjoys more than awarding a scholarship to a deserving walk-on, so the Vol head man was all smiles Wednesday evening.

''I put David Yancey on scholarship today,'' Fulmer said following a fullscale scrimmage at Neyland Stadium. ''I was pleased to do that. He's a wonderful young man who obviously had a great spring for us.''

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.

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