First scrimmage includes turnovers

Three turnovers stymied Tennessee’s first-team offense and ignited its first-team defense on Saturday during the Vols’ first scrimmage under new coach Lane Kiffin.

“I thought it went really well,” Kiffin said. “Unfortunately, there were three turnovers today offensively. But there were some good runs and some really big hits. It felt like a game today.”

The 84-play scrimmage didn’t do much to clear up the competition at quarterback among Jonathan Crompton, B.J. Coleman and Nick Stephens — all of whom saw playing time last season.

Crompton directed the first team and finished 9-of-16 for 90 yards. He fumbled once on a sack by defensive end Chris Walker, and an underthrown pass was intercepted by C.J. Fleming.

“The turnovers are something we’re going to have to work on,” Crompton said. “It’s something we have to emphasize because you can’t win games in the (Southeastern Conference) doing that.”

B.J. Coleman was 17-of-22 for 112 yards with no interceptions leading the second-string offense. Stephens, who is recovering from a broken wrist, sat out of the scrimmage.

Kiffin chose to limit starting running back Montario Hardesty’s play to give backups Toney Williams and Tauren Poole a chance to show what they could do.

Williams carried 14 times for 84 yards and two TDs. Poole had 81 yards and a dazzling 16-yard touchdown but fumbled twice.

“The (turnovers) are a big momentum break,” offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said. “I don’t fault their effort. Sometimes turnovers are a lot of mysterious things, but ultimately they’re horrible and they’re bad. We just have to get smarter.”

Hardesty finished with 29 yards and a 1-yard TD run.

“We didn’t run Hardesty as much today because we feel good with where he’s at and wanted to see the other guys,” Kiffin said. “It was great to see them step up.”

On a day when the defense dominated, Tennessee defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin got a chance to show off for one of his former proteges.

Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, was in town as the featured speaker of UT’s spring coaching clinic. Tomlin was a defensive backs coach for Kiffin’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense from 2001-2005.

“I worked with that man shoulder to shoulder for five years,” Tomlin said of Monte Kiffin. “I had the experience of a lifetime and grew big time as a person and coach.”

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rocky_topper writes:

1st

BY_HIS_WOUNDS_WE_ARE_HEALED writes:

IT WILL BE LIKE SABAN AT ALABAMA, 8-4 OR 7-5 AND THEN RUN THE TABLE IN 2010! GO VOLS!!!!!!

rocky_topper writes:

My hopes are that we can take back Neyland 100 percent this year and once again be a force to be feared when playing there!

belayvol writes:

Kind of a strange analogy. " I thought it went rather well". Several turnovers, several TD's. Lots of yards rushing. Maybe overall picture was the description.

OrangeronFan writes:

Crompton is making it really hard to be optimistic about our QB situation.

4EST writes:

“I thought it went really well,” Kiffin said. “Unfortunately, there were three turnovers today offensively. But there were some good runs and some really big hits. It felt like a game today.”

- It felt like a game today? Are you serious?? Feels like about 10 games I seen last year!!
Fumble by Crompton, interception thrown by Crompton...the defense carrying the load because crompton didnt throw over 100 yds and has more turnovers than TD's...yep, sounds like nothing has changed!

belayvol writes:

Good numbers by B.J. leading the 2nd offense. Wonder which defense he was facing?

OrangeronFan writes:

Plus, why is crompton speaking about himself in the second person?

“The turnovers are something we’re going to have to work on,” Crompton said. “It’s something we have to emphasize because you can’t win games doing that.”

4EST writes:

in response to OrangeronFan:

Plus, why is crompton speaking about himself in the second person?

“The turnovers are something we’re going to have to work on,” Crompton said. “It’s something we have to emphasize because you can’t win games doing that.”

He's not speaking in third person...he just refuses to hold himself accountable for any mistakes that he makes. He wants to include everyone else on the team into his mistakes and say "WE" have to improve.....whatever!!

gohawks1 writes:

in response to OrangeronFan:

Crompton is making it really hard to be optimistic about our QB situation.

Yep.

Toney Williams is starting to look like a stud in the running game, though. He's doing well.

Pullingguard writes:

in response to BY_HIS_WOUNDS_WE_ARE_HEALED:

IT WILL BE LIKE SABAN AT ALABAMA, 8-4 OR 7-5 AND THEN RUN THE TABLE IN 2010! GO VOLS!!!!!!

The schedule itself should be beneficial for a minimum of 8 wins... I seriously believe they will win 9 games. Losing to Fla., Ala/. and either Miss, Ga/. Aub., or SC// Ga., Aub and SC are home games, so there is chance to win all of those..

orangebass writes:

hope crompton is getting reps just to ensure a qb signs in may. still sounds like the same j.c. as last season.

RoadTrip writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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Ditto.

12packvolfan writes:

i think we will see nick next year come out the starter

DennisVols writes:

in response to gohawks1:

Yep.

Toney Williams is starting to look like a stud in the running game, though. He's doing well.

I have watch Williams play in HS here in the ATL. I knew when UT signed him that he would be a eye openner for UT fans. He didn't have the high ranking for whatever reason but he is a horse. The more he runs the better he gets. He'll make any defene pay and pay big. He loves the corners and will lower his shoulder run over the up man and past the backs.

Hudro writes:

Why does Crompton continue to speak as if he is British royality and use the royal WE when he should be saying I need to cut down on My mistakes?

“The turnovers are something we’re going to have to work on,” Crompton said. “It’s something we have to emphasize because you can’t win games in the (Southeastern Conference) doing that.”

belayvol writes:

in response to Jovi:

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Held out due to the wrist. Must still be sore.

belayvol writes:

in response to biggestutfan:

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JC had two 1 fumble, 1 int. Poole fumbled twice.

ColeTrickle writes:

apple or cherry?

belayvol writes:

Mile high coconut.

ZacharyUTK writes:

TURNOVERS???

I LOVE TURNOVERS!!! ESPECIALLY APPLE FLAVORED ONES. THEY TASTE SO MUCH BETTER THAN POP-TARTS!

ColeTrickle writes:

tampa 2 emphasizes forcing fumbles/turnovers + we have great talent on the defensive side...uh or maybe crompton is that bad. idk, i have been defending the fact that he has not had a fair chance in having to learn a new offense 4 years in a row. time will tell i suppose

ColeTrickle writes:

in response to ZacharyUTK:

TURNOVERS???

I LOVE TURNOVERS!!! ESPECIALLY APPLE FLAVORED ONES. THEY TASTE SO MUCH BETTER THAN POP-TARTS!

i read the title and that is the first thing that came to mind, wonder if the o-line showed up 15 minutes early. microwave for 20 seconds and it is gooooooooooooooood!

givehim6 writes:

in response to 4EST:

“I thought it went really well,” Kiffin said. “Unfortunately, there were three turnovers today offensively. But there were some good runs and some really big hits. It felt like a game today.”

- It felt like a game today? Are you serious?? Feels like about 10 games I seen last year!!
Fumble by Crompton, interception thrown by Crompton...the defense carrying the load because crompton didnt throw over 100 yds and has more turnovers than TD's...yep, sounds like nothing has changed!

Unfortuantly i'm starting to get the same way. But also fill that the new staff will install enough motivation to the team, so UT will not have the let down we had last year.

OakyVol09 writes:

in response to Jovi:

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Nick did not play because he is smart. Learn the playbook, get to 100% physically, and most importantly let Crompton bury himself in his own mistakes.

The job will be his for the taking as soon as he heals.

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to BY_HIS_WOUNDS_WE_ARE_HEALED:

IT WILL BE LIKE SABAN AT ALABAMA, 8-4 OR 7-5 AND THEN RUN THE TABLE IN 2010! GO VOLS!!!!!!

Who will be QB in 2010? You counting on one of the three now or a freshman You may be having to much Kool Aid Better yes! Go Vols

ldisavol4life writes:

The turnovers are something we’re going to have to work on,” Crompton said. “It’s something we have to emphasize because you can’t win games in the (Southeastern Conference) doing that.” GOT A MOUSE IN YOUR POCKET. I< I< I<.not WE, we, we, can't be we, A. foster is not here anymore.

DrJCrown_theMagicMan writes:

in response to 99aintagator:

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Really?
How could they have?
Will you enlighten us and give us a clue?

Paying Fulmer was a waste of money I would not cared if they spent 20M.to get rid of that phatie! (I spelled that wrong on because of Phil)
By the way...

How was Tebow last night?

tennezz writes:

Don`t get worried about the turnovers, that`s what Monte teaches the defence to do and he is very, very good at it! You will see our defence cause numerous turnovers this season!

belayvol writes:

in response to 99aintagator:

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And depants is what you do to a poser who is proven to be a fool.

tennezz writes:

in response to 99aintagator:

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Pardon the hell out of me!

ThaiVolFan writes:

Out of all of this I am really excited to have Chris Walker coming off the edge this year. We desperately need our d line to pressure the qb and make some big hits/sacks this year. I am optimistic about our d line play turning around this year....it's the qb's that still got me worried.

belayvol writes:

in response to tennezz:

Pardon the hell out of me!

Don't worry about the gator spelling police. He is always looking for a crack to slip into.

belayvol writes:

in response to ohbama:

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Yeah,yeah. We do not sell textbooks and we do not have to stop the cheerleaders from grazing to hold a football practice.

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