published Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Coleman throws two TDs in Tennessee spring game


by Wes Rucker
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    Tennessee runningback Brandon Warren (1) falls across the goal line as he is hit by Shane Reveiz (45) during the first half of the spring Orange and White game Saturday, April 18, 2009, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE — Chattanooga’s B.J. Coleman threw two touchdown passes and directed another scoring drive Saturday to lead the offense to a 41-23 victory over the defense in the University of Tennessee’s annual Orange and White spring game.

Coleman, a junior-to-be from the McCallie School, completed 13 of 22 passes for 160 yards, two scores and no interceptions. He had a third touchdown, a 13-yard strike to Denarius Moore, called back with an offensive line penalty.

Offensive points were measured in traditional increments, while the defense was awarded three points for every stopped series, five points for every turnover forced and seven points for every touchdown.

Senior-to-be quarterback Jonathan Crompton had his moments, too, completing 14 of 27 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown — but he also had the day’s lone turnover, an interception tossed directly to All-Southeastern Conference linebacker Rico McCoy.

McCoy also led the defense with 11 tackles, while walk-on safety Derrick Furlow capped his solid spring with eight stops.

Offensive most improved award winner Quintin Hancock led the Vols with eight catches for 96 yards, and he added a late touchdown. Wide receiver Brandon Warren, a former tight end, had 50 yards and two scores on four receptions.

Saturday’s attendance was listed at 51,488, the second largest in Orange and White game history — trailing only the 73,801 effort from 1986.

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