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 Nebraska commit Jamal Turner, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound athlete from Sam Houston High (Arlington, Texas) during Sunday's practice at the UA game. Turner was a quarterback at Sam Houston, but is playing receiver this week.
Here is what he had to say:
"Jamal Turner is very intriguing. He was very intriguing in one-on-ones. He has a very good awareness of where the ball is, able to locate the ball very quick. He's very quick laterally. I think he's a very interesting prospect at this game because of the change of position.
"I think him being a quarterback in high school helps him at the end of the day. Just understanding the game of football, and being able to anticipate the ball being thrown off the break.
"He really broke into some routes really well. I think his learning curve, just in a couple of days, has jumped up significantly from (Saturday). I think he's going to have a pretty good future at that position, to be honest."
On what Blaney sees about Turner's route running:
"He understands route concepts. As far as techniques go, that's going to come with repetitions. He gets the concept down, he gets the big picture. It's the little details that will continue to come as he continues to get repetition today and at Nebraska.
"He has good speed, but I really like acceleration. I think acceleration and the ability to come off of those cuts are far more important than whatever your 40 speed is, or whatever your track times are.
"Can you get those first five years, from zero to whatever your speed is, quickly and be able to get out of cuts pretty quick. There's no fear when it comes to contact right now with him. I'm liking that."