08/09/02 Afternoon Practice Report

Phillip Fulmer isn't one to single out individual players following a workout, especially a second-teamer.

That's what makes the praise he tossed Sean Young's way following Friday's evening workout particularly noteworthy. Young, a 6-7, 300-pound junior, is stuck behind first-team offensive tackles Michael Munoz and Will Ofenheusle, but his performance stuck in Fulmer's mind Friday evening.

''I was really impressed with Sean Young today," the head man said, adding that Young could see some action at guard this fall.

''There's a chance we would look at that,'' Fulmer said. ''It would take some work on his part mentally, but we're going to try to get the five best linemen on the field, and that's certainly a possibility. He did a nice job today.''

Fulmer said quarterback Casey Clausen was ''as sharp as I've seen him,'' and that fullback Troy Fleming ''is being a heck of a leader.''

The boss said he also was impressed with the overall play of the offensive and defensive lines, then noted: ''The secondary was getting their hands on some balls, and that's good to see.''

Fulmer noted that there was ''a lot of carryover from the spring,'' adding that the absence of several starters from last fall wasn't terribly apparent because ''we're benefiting from playing a lot of people.''

QUICK KICKS: Wideout Montrell Jones looks at least a step quicker than last spring. He reportedly has lowered his 40-yard dash time from 4.5 to the 4.35 range ... No. 2 quarterback C.J. Leak is practicing without the knee brace he wore last spring. He made some nifty cuts in cone drills, so his surgically reconstructed knee appears sound ... Freshman tailback Gerald Riggs, Jr., looked considerably quicker than he did in the Tennessee-Kentucky high school all-star game two months ago. Apparently, a thigh bruise cost him a step that night ... Freshman quarterback James Banks made two perfect throws on 50-yard fly routes. The first hit Montrell Jones for a TD; the second tipped off the hands of Tony Brown ... Jomo Fagan made a spectacular juggling catch, tipping the ball the first time, then reeling it on the second chance ... Cornerback Willie Miles twice stripped Kelley Washington of the ball an instant after apparent catches, showing good positioning and quick hands.

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