Man in motion

No one is comparing him to Condredge Holloway, Heath Shuler or Tee Martin. But one of Tennessee's young quarterbacks shows a level of mobility that can help keep opponents guessing and help keep the first-down chains moving.

Though best known for his accurate throwing arm, Jonathan Crompton showed some elusiveness in last Saturday's full-scale scrimmage. He scrambled once, turning a potential seven-yard sack into a mere one-yard loss. Then, late in the scrimmage, he was flushed from the pocket but rolled to his right and found Josh Briscoe for a 16-yard completion.

"Crompton is a real mobile guy," Vol safety Jonathan Hefney says. "He doesn't look like he can run but he can run pretty good. He's coming along real nice."

Phillip Fulmer has noticed, too.

"Jonathan's got a lot to learn," the head man said, "but he's a guy who can kinda' move around in the pocket and make some plays."

Tennessee QBs wore green jerseys in practice last year, protecting them from being tackled. The green shirts came off for last Saturday's scrimmage, however, and they'll be off in this Saturday night's scrimmage, as well. That should help Crompton, who is a little more mobile than first-team QB Erik Ainge.

Still, Crompton says going "live" in practice isn't like going live in a game. Vol defenders are reluctant to belt a quarterback, whether his jersey is green or orange.

"They still pulled up but not as much," he says. "They were chasing after us, and that made it a little more live for us."

Crompton came to the Vols as a heralded prep signee but missed the 2005 season due to shoulder surgery. He participated fully in spring practice and appears to be completely over the injury – mentally, as well as physically.

"There's no thoughts about my arm," he says. "I'm just out there playing football."

Crompton threw two touchdown passes in Saturday's scrimmage but fumbled two snaps. Ainge passed for 120 yards but threw two interceptions. No. 3 quarterback Bo Hardegree completed 7 of 8 but threw an interception and fumbled a snap.

Obviously, Fulmer is hoping for more consistency from the quarterbacks in this Saturday night's scrimmage.

"There's got to be a sense of urgency," he says. "That (snap from center) is not something you take for granted; you've got to get the snap. And you don't throw the ball right to a defender. If the defender makes a great play, there might not be much you can do about it. But you can't throw it right to him."

Fulmer saw some good things from Ainge but clearly was unhappy with the two interceptions.

"He's managing the clock and the huddle call and all those things very well," the coach says, "but he's got to be able to stand in there with the pressure."

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