Coaches Watch Vols Practice

Coach Phillip Fulmer

High school coaches participating in the annual UT Spring Coaches Clinic watched Tennessee stage a 90-minute practice Friday in shorts, working primarily toward Saturday afternoon's scrimmage.<p>

"We've had a very good clinic," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "The practice was geared exclusively toward the scrimmage. We're not quite where we need to be offensively to be able to handle all the things we saw today, but we'll see how much I have to adjust that as the scrimmage goes on."

Fulmer said he wants to see the offense take a step forward after struggling thus far this spring to put points on the board.

"It will be a good test for us," Fulmer said. "It's not just the quarterback because we've had to limit what we're doing because of the injuries up front."

COTTAM UNDERGOES THUMB SURGERY

Redshirt freshman Brad Cottam underwent surgery Friday for a torn ligament in his left thumb, Head Athletic Trainer Keith Clements said. The procedure took place at UT Medical Center and sidelines the tight end for the remainder of spring practice.

The Germantown native was injured during Tuesday's scrimmage. Clements said Cottam will be return for summer conditioning.

NASH A SMASH IN ARENA LEAGUE

Las Vegas Gladiators offensive specialist Marcus Nash has been named Offensive Player of the Month in the Arena Football League.

Nash hauled in 46 receptions for 609 yards and 13 touchdowns during March. He set Gladiator single-game records on March 14 against Arizona when he recorded 16 receptions for 192 yards. Nash is the AFL's leading receiver in both in yardage (884) and receptions (77), while ranking second in touchdowns (19). He also leads the league in both scoring (128) and yards from scrimmage (896). For his efforts in the Arizona game, the former Volunteer was honored as the AFL Writers Association Player of the Week.

Nash finished his Tennessee career in 1997 as the school's second-leading receiver in catches (177) and yards (2,447). RESPERT ON RIMINGTON WATCH LIST

Tennessee's Jason Respert was one of 35 players selected to the 2004 Preseason Rimington Watch List. Respert, a senior from Warner Robbins, Ga., who played guard last season, has moved to center to replace four-year starter Scott Wells for the Vols. Wells was on the Remington Watch List prior to the 2003 campaign.

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