How right he was.
With considerable help from the offense - four dropped passes and a rash of penalties - the Vol defense limited the attack units to three passing touchdowns during the 2 1/2-hour scrimmage at Neyland Stadium.
Here are the highlights:
Sophomore tailback Tauren Poole weaved through traffic for a 22-yard gain on his first carry.
Backup kicker Chad Cunningham nailed his only field goal, a 47-yarder. No. 1 kicker Daniel Lincoln was 3 for 3, connecting from 49, 41 and 37 yards.
Crompton found Brandon Warren with a 24-yard strike.
Linebacker Savion Frazier tackled Hardesty for a three-yard loss.
Tight end Ben Bartholomew dropped a 25-yard strike over the middle from Stephens.
Gerald Williams sacked Crompton for a 10-yard loss.
Freshman tailback Bryce Brown showed nice speed and cutting ability on a 13-yard burst.
Teague made a nice lunging catch of a 20-yard pass from Stephens.
Running right, Brown deftly reversed his field, turning a potential loss into a nine-yard gain.
Freshman receiver Nu'Keese Richardson, lined up as a shotgun quarterback, completed a 7-yard pass to Teague.
Tauren Poole rambled 16 yards.
Stephens hit tight end Jeff Cottam with a beautifully timed 18-yard touchdown pass in the right corner of the end zone.
Crompton made a fine throw on a 15-yard pass to Quintin Hancock.
Freshman tailback David Oku bounced outside for a 35-yard gain.
Safety Rod Wilks intercepted a pass by No. 3 QB Nick Lamaison and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown.
Cunningham boomed a 45-yard punt. Kicking from the same spot, junior college transfer David Harrington uncorked a 46-yarder. Both kicks had excellent hang time.
Crompton found Cottam for a 19-yard gain.
Crompton hit Teague with a 28-yard TD on a post route just as the freshman broke into the clear. It was a beautiful route and throw, a near-perfect play.
Cunningham kicked off to the 10-yard line. Dennis Rogan returned 17 yards to the 27. Lincoln also kicked off to the 10-yard line. Oku returned this one 25 yards to the 35.
A resounding hit by Savion Frazier (filling in at weakside linebacker for injured starter Rico McCoy) stopped the 6-8, 260-pound Cottam at the end of a six-yard catch/run.
Rae Sykes, converted from end to tackle a week ago, put tremendous pressure on Stephens, forcing a throwaway.
A wide-open Oku dropped a 10-yard pass over the middle from Stephens.
Crompton scrambled for five yards and a first down on a second-and-four situation.
Crompton made his one bad throw of the day - an ill-advised toss over the middle that freshman cornerback Eric Gordon would've intercepted except for offensive pass interference on Brandon Warren.
Defensive end Willie Bohannon dropped Oku for a two-yard loss.
Freshman tailback Bryce Brown showed his combination of speed and power on a nifty 16-yard ramble.
Freshman defensive tackle Montori Hughes batted down a Crompton pass and Gerald Williams rushed Crompton into an incompletion on the very next play.
Freshman cornerback Nyshier Olivers made an excellent break on the ball to blow up a Stephens slant pass intended for Teague.
A huge hit by linebacker Daryl Vereen caused an Oku fumble that was recovered by the defense.
Poole showed some nifty moves and surprising power in weaving up the middle for a 10-yard gain.
When 6-4, 312-pound freshman tackle Montori Hughes sniffed out a reverse and was waiting for him, freshman wideout Nu'Keese Richardson tripped and fell for a six-yard loss. He also fumbled the ball but was ruled down.
Stephens held the ball much too long and finally was sacked by defensive end Chris Donald for a nine-yard loss.
Stephens bounced back on the very next play to hit Todd Campbell with a 12-yard slant pass.
Stephens found Quintin Hancock for a gain of 15 over the middle.
Stephens threw a swing pass to walk-on fullback Sam Edgmon, who went 21 yards down the west sidelines for a touchdown.
Crompton found Bryce Brown in the left flat, and the rookie tailback rambled for a gain of 18 yards.
Playing shotgun quarterback again, Nu'Keese Richardson took his eye off the snap and had it bounce off his chest for a loss of four yards.
Oku fumbled a handoff from Crompton, and the defense recovered at its 16-yard line.
Bartholomew dropped a short pass from Stephens.
Catching the defense in a blitz, Poole raced up the middle for 13 yards.
Gerald Williams dropped Crompton for another 10-yard sack.
Dennis Rogan showed great timing in breaking up a Crompton pass intended for Quintin Hancock.
Nu'Keese Richardson dropped a pass over the middle from Stephens that probably would've gained around 12 yards.
Freshman safety Janzen Jackson made a thunderous hit on wideout Todd Campbell to drop him at the end of an eight-yard pass/run.
Cornerback Anthony Anderson was flagged for interference.
Freshman Nigel Mitchell-Thornton sacked Stephens for a three-yard loss.