Meanwhile, Ainge struggled a bit. He was 13 of 26 for 120 yards with no TDs and 2 interceptions. Another would-be interception was dropped at the 15-yard line on a pass Ainge ill-advisedly threw from his own end zone.
Tennessee's 2005 season was damaged by a year-long quarterback controversy. Not wanting to start another one, Crompton chose his words with extreme care following the scrimmage:
Q: What do you feel you need the most work on?
A: Everything. Every part of my game I've got to get better at managing … when to scramble, when not, when to throw it away and stuff like that. I've got to get the signals down a little better.
Q: Where's your comfort level, compared to last spring?
A: I get a little more comfortable every day. Every day you get out there and practice and get Coach's feedback, you get more comfortable with it.
Q: What did you think of your performance?
A: I don't really know. I'd have to see the film.
Q: What was the best thing you did?
A: I'm my own worst critic. I don't know what to say I did good.
Q: What was the worst thing you did then?
A: There were a couple of bad things I did. I'd really rather go back and see the film, see how bad it was, before I comment on those.
If he's as evasive in the pocket as he was with his post-scrimmage answers, young Crompton may never be sacked.