Witten stands out in Vols' scrimmage

from staff reports

   Jason Witten grabbed five passes for 58 yards at the University of Tennessee held their first full-scale football scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium.
   The former Elizabethton High School star started at the tight-end position and led the team in receiving. The longest of Witten's five receptions went for 33 yards.
   Other players sharp in the practice were starting quarterback Casey Clausen going 11-for-16 for 122 yards and heralded freshman backup James Banks completing 3-of-5 passes for 67 yards.
   Freshman Gerald Riggs paced a group of six ball carriers with 51 rushing yards. Linebacker Eddie Moore, who led the team in tackles one season ago, picked right up where he left off. Moore recorded five tackles and had one interception in the scrimmage.
   It was announced on Friday that East Tennessee State will have two of their upcoming 2002 games televised. The first opportunity to catch the Bucs on the tube will be Oct. 26 in a home game against Furman.
   Their much-anticipated rematch with Georgia Southern, whom the Bucs knocked from the No. 1 national ranking one season ago, will be televised on Nov. 2. While the Furman game remains at 3:30 p.m., the starting time for the Georgia Southern contest has been moved to 3 p.m. to accommodate the broadcast.
   Eighty-seven student athletes at East Tennessee State have been named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2001-02 school year.
   Highlighting the list were Lena Summers of Johnson City and Scott Carter from Knoxville, who both achieved a 4.0 grade point average while competing in women's soccer and football, respectively.
   Football led all men's sports with 16 players named to the honor roll, while women's soccer and women's track and field boasted 11 members each. The sports management program had the most student-athletes on the list with 11, followed by business (8) and pre-med (6).
   The Milligan College women's soccer opened up the preseason with a 1-1 tie against NCAA Division 1-A Charleston Southern. The Milligan goal came from freshman striker Katie Lindemann in the 88th minute, also received "Women of the Match" honors.
   The regular season opens with a contest next Saturday, Aug. 24 against North Georgia College.
   Milligan College head baseball coach Danny Clark announced the signing of Chad Davis, a standout pitcher from Cleveland State Junior College, on Thursday.
   Davis will transfer to Milligan with two years of remaining eligibility. Davis pitched two seasons for the Vikings. Prior to that, Davis played his high school ball at Cleveland (Tenn.) High School.