Lincoln gets redemption

After a shaky performance Saturday night, his hopes of winning Tennessee's first-team placement job appeared to be on life support. It turns out, though, he's still kicking.

Locked in a battle with junior punter Britton Colquitt for Tennessee's placement duties, redshirt freshman Daniel Lincoln appeared to blow his shot by missing a PAT and three consecutive field goals in last weekend's scrimmage.

He got back in the race, however, with an impressive performance Tuesday afternoon at Neyland Stadium in the Vols' final preseason scrimmage.

Lincoln hit a PAT after Tennessee's No. 1 offense scored a touchdown on its first possession of the scrimmage. Moments later he nailed a 38-yard field goal to cap the No. 1 offense's second possession.

Midway through the workout, head coach Phillip Fulmer interrupted the scrimmage and ordered the ball placed at the 10-yard line. With all eyes on him, Lincoln hit a 27-yard field goal from the right hash mark, then connected from the same distance near the left hash mark.

Fulmer then ordered the ball moved to the 20-yard line. Lincoln promptly nailed a 37-yarder from the left hash and a 37-yarder from straight on. After missing wide right on a 37-yarder from the right hash, he atoned by connecting from the same spot.

When scrimmaging resumed, the No. 3 offense scored on its second play. Lincoln then concluded his performance by making his second PAT of the day.

Lincoln's line for the scrimmage was impressive: 6 of 7 on field goals, 2 of 2 on PATs.

"I thought Daniel Lincoln did very well today," Fulmer said. "He bounced back. We needed that. He kicked the ball on time. He kicked the ball high, and every one of his kicks looked like a college kicker."

Ideally, Fulmer would like to see Lincoln win the placement job. That would allow Colquitt to concentrate on his punting while lowering his risk of falling victim to fatigue or injury. Colquitt strained a quadriceps muscle kicking off Saturday night and has done no kicking or punting since.

Even if he fails to dislodge Colquitt as the No. 1 kicker, Lincoln needs to be ready in case Colquitt re-injures himself once the season starts.

"Obviously, as we see, that quick Britton might not be there," Fulmer said. "So he (Lincoln) and (backup punter) Chad Cunningham have to step up and manage themselves like big-time college players.

"Certainly, Daniel has taken a step in that direction."

Here are the other statistics from Tuesday's scrimmage:

Rushing Leaders (Att.-Yds.-TD): Daryl Vereen 9-34-0, Arian Foster 7-30-1, Lennon Creer 3-13-0, Roy Olasimbo 3-13-0.

Passing Leaders (Att.-Comp.-Int.-Yds.-TD): Jonathan Crompton 21-9-1-85-0, Erik Ainge 13-8-0-72-0, Nick Stephens 4-3-0-102-1, B. J. Coleman 3-2-0-12-0.

Receiving Leaders (No.-Yds.-TD): Ahmad Paige 2-96-1, Quintin Hancock 2-23-0, Denarius Moore 2-22-0, Josh Briscoe 2-21-0, Chris Brown 2-19-0, Luke Stocker 2-18-0.

Defensive Leaders: Nick Reveiz 5 tackles; Sinclair Cannon 4 tackles, TFL (-2); LaMarcus Thompson 4 tackles, sack (-5); Jonathan Hefney 3 tackles, 2 TFL (-4); Antonio Wardlow 3 tackles; Ricardo Kemp 2 tackles, forced fumble; Dorian Davis 2 tackles, forced fumble; Ryan Karl 2 tackles, PBU; Xavier Mitchell 2 tackles, sack (-10); Ja'Kouri Williams 2 tackles; Dennis Rogan tackle, interception (41 yards), forced fumble; Jerod Mayo tackle, TFL (-1); Wes Brown tackles, TFL (-1); Demonte Bolden tackle, TFL (-1); Chris Walker tackle, PBU.

Punting Leader (No.-Avg.-Long): Chad Cunningham 6-40.3-53.

Field Goal Leader: Daniel Lincoln 6-of-7, long 38.


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