Fayton's fate: obscurity?

When fans talk about Tennessee's wondrous widouts, they usually focus on flashy guys like Chris Hannon, Jayson Swain, Bret Smith and Robert Meachem.

Hannon stands out because of his rare blend of height (6-4) and speed (4.28 over 40 yards).

Swain stands out because of his linebacker build (6-1, 210) and his productivity (231 receiving yards, second best on the team).

Smith stands out because of his knack for scoring touchdowns. He has turned five of his 11 catches into scores thus far.

Meachem stands out because of his imposing 19.4 yards-per-catch average.

Like senior Tony Brown, C.J. Fayton doesn't knock you over with his size, his speed or his big-play ability. All he does is produce. So far he has produced 14 catches (just five off Brown's team lead) for a 16.1 yards-per-catch average and two touchdowns.

''I think C.J.'s definitely better than he gets credit for,'' offensive coordinator Randy Sanders said. ''He's probably our most valuable player at receiver so far this year. He can play any of the positions, and he can play 'em pretty well.

''I don't think he's had a drop this year, and he's had very few busted assignments ... which is really good, considering he's playing four different positions at wide receiver. If anybody gets hurt, you say, 'C.J., you need to play X or U or Z this half,' and he's ready to go.''


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