Scrimmage leftovers

It was easy to get caught up in the quarterback race during Wednesday night's UT scrimmage and overlook some notable developments. For instance:

• Bret Smith appears ready to add even more depth to Tennessee's loaded wideout corps after catching three balls for 82 yards. One reception was a 60-yard bomb from Erik Ainge. There was an assignment bust in the secondary, to be sure, but Smith shows signs of living up to his Prep All-America billing.

• Another wideout to watch is C.J. Fayton. He caught four balls for 57 yards Wednesday night, including a 36-yard touchdown throw from Rick Clausen. Tony Brown caught four balls for 18 yards, Derrick Tinsley two for 21 and Chris Hannon two for 16.

• Freshman tight end Chris Brown continues to impress. He caught three balls for 37 yards in last Saturday's scrimmage and came back with two catches for 23 yards Wednesday night. If his blocking improves, he could be the best tight end on Tennessee's roster by midseason.

• Tennessee may have the finest kicking tandem in college football. Place-kicker James Wilhoit showed midseason form by nailing 8 of 10 field goal tries with a long of 53 yards. Punter Dustin Colquitt kicked four times for a 51.3-yard average. Some of his boots were high enough to bring rain.

• First-team strong safety Brandon Johnson led all tacklers with 9 stops. The converted cornerback appears close to locking up a first-team job.

Jason Mitchell recorded 8 tackles, including two for minus yardage. Fellow 'backer Daniel Brooks weighed in with 5 stops, including a tackle for loss, a sack and a hurry.

• Roshaun Fellows, battling for the cornerback job opposite Jason Allen, contributed 6 tackles. Fellows saw his string of five consecutive scrimmages with an interception end but did make one big play, a minus-yardage stop.


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