Lane Kiffin expects more from his players than what he heard from the Florida Gators this week.
Kiffin said he "could care less" about Florida offensive lineman Matt Patchan calling the first-year Tennessee coach a "bozo", but said that's not acceptable for his players.
"I talk to our players a lot about the media," Kiffin said Saturday. "I would hope our players would never say something like that."
Kiffin has made some bulletin-board comments. He mistakenly accused Florida coach Urban Meyer of cheating, was reprimanded by the SEC and later apologized. However, Kiffin views name calling a bit different.
"I don't think I've ever said anything like that," Kiffin said, referring to the "bozo" comment.
Kiffin said comments from coaches and players are different. In other words, coaches - not players - should take the lead when it comes to inciting a reaction from fans, media and opponents.
Kiffin said it would bother him if any of his players called another coach a "bozo."
"Sure it would," he said. "I would hope our players would never talk that way about another coach."
Meyer said he also was displeased with Patchan's comments.
"We don't want to be doing that," Meyer told reporters Friday. "We just need to worry about the Florida Gators."
When further questioned on the remark, Meyer reportedly smirked and said, "I know you want me to say something good, but I'm not biting."
Wow, Williams: Defensive end Gerald Williams was often an unstoppable force during Saturday's scrimmage. The former linebacker registered three sacks and was often wreaking havoc in the backfield.
"He's everywhere again," Kiffin said. "I think that's probably six straight practices where he's made two or three significant plays."
Williams signed with UT in 2005, sat out a year of football and attended prep school and junior college to become eligible academically.
"I love the story of Gerald," Kiffin said. "Here's a guy that was buried on the depth chart early on - probably not a lot of people may have had hope for him.
"We just kept pushing him and he had a great off-season. The theme of the program is competing. He did that. He worked hard and he's starting for us right now."
Williams, often with the first team in front of Ben Martin, was frequently harassing quarterback Jonathan Crompton.
"He can feel things," Crompton said, "and he has a real good way of reading any type of play."
Williams' best reads came on rollouts when he seemed unblocked pursuing the quarterback.
"Nah, I didn't know it was coming," Williams said of the play-action plays. "Instincts and adjusting to the ball (were the key)."
Williams certainly has the respect of his fellow defenders.
"For him to be that big and that fast, he's probably one of the best athletes we have on our team," defensive end Chris Walker said of the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder.
Walker knows Williams' transition. Walker also came to UT as a linebacker and moved to defensive end.
"When he had to make that transition, it was kind of new to him just because he had a lot of stuff from linebacker," Walker said. "A lot of things are really different on d-line. When he started learning his stuff, you could see his confidence growing.
"You could see his speed picking up because he knew his stuff and he's playing ball."
Quarterback Chat: Crompton was part of a fumbled center-quarterback exchange, a fumbled handoff and a pass that was ruled a lateral as he tried to throw while being tackled.
"With anybody, it's key to limit mistakes," said Crompton, who was 17-of-24 for 185 yards. "Like the game maxims say, the team with the fewest mistakes will win."
Crompton avoided an interception when officials ruled a pass incomplete that was batted among a throng of defenders and appeared to be caught by safety Dennis Rogan for a turnover.
Junior Nick Stephens was 12-of-24 for 125 yards with three dropped passes.
"I think I played pretty solid," he said.
Stephens was dismayed by one sack he gave up that could have been avoided.
"I could have easily just checked it down," the junior said. "I knew what the defense was doing. I was just trying to do too much on that one play.
"For the most part I didn't do that and that's why I played well. I just took what they gave me. I feel like I played pretty well."
Stephens said he hopes there's still a tight battle for the starting quarterback position.
"I'd like to think so," he said. "We're both playing hard and we're trying not to think about the competition right now. We're just going out and trying to do our best."
Injury Report: Defensive backs Brent Vinson, Art Evans, Stephaun Raines, defensive linemen Wes Brown, Andre Mathis, linebacker Josh Hawkins, Rico McCoy, Herman Lathers, tight end Luke Stocker and receivers Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore were held out of the scrimmage.
None of the injuries are thought to be serious, other than Moore's. He could miss the first month of the season with a broken bone in his foot.