Blaney also served as the tight ends coach under Mark Mangino and was instrumental in evaluation and bringing in the talent that led the Jayhawks to the 2008 season. He also worked at Ohio State under coach Jim Tressel and Oklahoma under coach Bob Stoops.
Blaney used his eyes to evaluate Taft High (Woodland Hills, Calif.) receiver Mike Thomas during this week's practices at the UA game. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Thomas is considering Oregon State, Colorado and several other schools. Here is what he had to say:
"Michael Thomas has a lot of things going for him right now. He has a pretty good little shake to him on his releases out there. That was something that since (Saturday) he's made a lot of progress from. Vertical routes tend to be his best. I project him outside as a receiver.
"He's going to need to learn – and I think it will come in time, too, with getting on a college campus – to be able to go out there and push himself consistently against good competition. And I think that will come with time.
"I think the biggest thing is getting used to the people he's going against and understanding all the aspects of the game. Once he gets on campus, I think he will be fine, and he'll understand the competition level."