Frosh get Most Improved awards

Three first-year players have been tabbed as Tennessee's Most Improved Players of spring football practice.

The offensive award goes to Cody Douglas, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound Texan who is emerging as one of Tennessee's top blockers. He played tackle the first few weeks of spring ball but has been working at guard this week.

''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.''

Sanders said he also has noted significant progress by tight end Justin Reed, center Chuck Prugh and receiver C.J. Fayton.

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.''

The defensive award, announced by defensive coordinator John Chavis, is shared by cornerback Antwan Stewart and end Jason Hall.

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.''


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