Tennessee offensive coordinator Dave Clawson shares at least one bit of philosophy with his predecessor: Sometimes there's nothing wrong with throwing the ball out of bounds.
Saturday's scrimmage, the final full scrimmage before Saturday's Orange and White Game, saw Tennessee's quarterbacks take a big step forward in Clawson's new offense.
And a large part of that was knowing when to get rid of the football.
"There were more good decisions today. Some of the good decisions are just throwing it away," Clawson said Saturday. "There are times you call something and the defense does a heck of a job covering you, and you need to cut your losses, survive the down and play the next play."
That requires a different mentality for quarterbacks than other players, Clawson says.
Sometimes an incomplete pass is the best possible result for a given play. Knowing when that's the case is key.
"Playing quarterback, sometimes smarts have to take over for instincts," said Clawson, who also coaches quarterbacks. "It's the nature of a competitor that . . . you never give up and you fight to the end. Sometimes at quarterback, you've just got to cut your losses."
That distinction usually comes with experience.
That's why every snap is so important for junior quarterback Jonathan Crompton, whose most significant playing time came in 2006 when he filled in for an injured Erik Ainge against LSU and Arkansas.
Every scrimmage carries with it a valuable chance to learn and grow while playing as close to full speed as possible.
"It's one thing to know the plays and it's one thing to have physical talent and physical skills to be able to make throws," Clawson said. "It's another thing at the quarterback position to be able to manage a game 60 to 65 to 80 snaps a game. That's what he's learning to do, and that's why every time we come out here and he gets 50, 60 snaps, it's great for him."
Orange and White Info: Tennessee will hold its annual Fan Day before Saturday's Orange and White game.
Because of ongoing construction at Neyland Stadium, this year's Fan Day will take place on Haslam Field, located between the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center and Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Fans should enter off Pat Head Summitt Drive.
Players and coaches will be available for pictures and autographs beginning at 11:45 a.m.
Festivities end with the Vol Walk , which begins at 1 p.m. Players will enter the stadium through the south tunnel because of construction around Gate 21.
Fans may use gates 1-10 to enter the stadium, and all university parking lots are available except for reserved parking in Lot 9 and the G-10 garage.
Kickoff for the Orange and White game is set for 2:30 p.m.
Speed Rush: Defensive ends Robert Ayers, Ben Martin and Wes Brown each had two sacks apiece during Saturday's scrimmage.
Part of the reason for that success comes from speed, UT coach Phillip Fulmer said.
"I thought Robert Ayers, Wes and Ben, those three guys will give us a better speed dimension coming off the edge than we've had in a couple years," Fulmer said.
Carr, Kramer Honored: Former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr is this year's recipient of the Neyland Award, presented by the East Tennessee chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame at a 10 a.m. brunch Saturday at the Foundry.
Former SEC commissioner Roy Kramer also will receive the Distinguished American Award.
Amateur football awards will be presented to LaTain McGhee, Oakie Pickard, George Quarles, Gary Rankin and Bill Wilson.
Contact Tyler Johnson in the UT athletic department at 974-1219 for more information.
Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.