''Cody's gone from being a really good prospect that we thought would be a good player for us, to being a good player,'' offensive coordinator Randy Sanders said. ''He's made a lot of progress and I think he's going to be a special guy around here the next two or three years.''
Although he conceded that Reed has to improve his blocking, Sanders added: ''I think Justin can be a good route-runner for us
''I've been really pleased with what Chuck has done,'' the coordinator added. ''And C.J. (Fayton) has picked up from where he (left off) last year. There's been a huge jump from where he was at this point last spring.''
Stewart, a 6-foot, 180-pounder from Dumfries, Va., is close to locking up the cornerback job opposite senior Jabari Greer.
''Antwan Stewart has made a tremendous amount of progress,'' Chavis said.
Hall, a 6-foot-3, 265-pounder from Chattanooga McCallie, has come on strongly in recent weeks. He posted three sacks and a tackle for loss in last Saturday's full-scale scrimmage.
''Hall really asserted himself at the end of spring practice,'' Chavis said. ''We saw the things in him I think we needed to see.''
If the award had been split three ways, Chavis said a piece of it would've gone to first-year cornerback Jason Allen.
''Jason had an outstanding spring,'' the coordinator said. ''He put himself in a position to where we feel we can count on him to play and be a winner for us in the fall.''