Scrimmage highlights

Seven plays into Tennessee's first full-scale scrimmage of preseason, lightning caused a 72-minute delay and eventually forced the Vols to finish Saturday's workout in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex. Even indoors, though, lightning continued to strike … offensive lightning, that is.

Erik Ainge hit Josh Briscoe with a 25-yard pass, found freshman wideout Lucas Taylor with a 19-yarder and hit Casey Woods with a seven-yard touchdown pass. Ainge also threw completions of 13 yards to Briscoe and 18 to Smith.

Rick Clausen hit Smith with a 65-yard TD pass. He later found Bill Grimes for 17 yards and hit Smith with a six-yard touchdown pass. Clausen closed out his big day by tossing a flat pass to freshman tailback LaMarcus Coker that picked up 21 yards.

Bo Hardegree hit Taylor with a 69-yard touchdown pass and found Briscoe with a 20-yard gainer.

Redshirt freshman tailback Arian Foster popped outside for a dazzling 40-yard gain.

Jim Bob Cooter found Woods for a 14-yard gain.

Unofficially, Clausen finished 10 of 13 for 159 yards and two TDs. Ainge was 11 of 17 for 130 yards and one TD. Hardegree was 2 of 6 for 89 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Leading the receiving corps were Smith (6 catches, 111 yards, 2 TDs), Briscoe (6 for 99 yards) and Taylor (4 for 95 yards, 1 TD).

Kicker James Wilhoit continued his outstanding preseason work, nailing three of three field goal tries. He hit a 52-yarder at Neyland Stadium and banged home a couple of 42-yarders after the Vols went inside.

Foster's 40-yard burst was the biggest run of the day but the other tailbacks had their moments. David Yancey had runs of 14 and 12 yards but also lost a fumble. Gerald Riggs carried on the first three snaps of the scrimmage, turning one into an 11-yard gain. Ja'Kouri Williams also had an 11-yarder. Coker showed nifty moves on a nine-yard run and on a flat pass that went for 20 yards.

The defensive highlights included:

- Sophomore linebacker Jerod Mayo made a big hit on Yancey to cause a fumble that was recovered by tackle Turk McBride.

- Sophomore linebacker Ryan Karl had a four-yard sack of Clausen and a four-yard sack of Ainge.

- Freshman linebacker Gerald Williams threw Coker and Ja'Kouri Williams for a pair of two-yard losses and later stuffed Coker for no gain. He also made a nice open-field tackle on Coker to prevent a big gain.

- Safety Sinclair Cannon made an interception and 20-yard return on a pass Hardegree held a second too long.

- End Robert Ayers had an eight-yard sack of Ainge.

- Linebacker Daniel Brooks threw Yancey for a one-yard loss.

- Safety Antwan Stewart made a couple of big hits, including one that shook the ball loose from tight end Chris Brown.

- Freshman safety Demetrice Morley dropped Coker for a seven-yard loss.

Center David Ligon suffered a high-ankle sprain on the first play of the scrimmage. Head coach Phillip Fulmer said there was no break, however, and Ligon could be back in time for the Sept. 3 opener against Alabama-Birmingham.

We'll have a more complete scrimmage report, with quotes from Fulmer, posted by around 8:15 p.m.


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