08/12/02 Monday Morning Practice Report

Former quarterback C.J. Fayton's development as a receiver is one of the keys to Tennessee's upcoming football season. In Monday morning's workout, he showed once more that he has the skills to be special once he becomes more comfortable with his new outpost.

Fayton showed a nice burst of speed, good leaping ability and sure hands as he finished an ''out'' route and went up to reel in a high throw from No. 1 quarterback Casey Clausen. Fayton looked so smooth on the play that he resembled a fifth-year senior, instead of a redshirt freshman.

Moments later, however, he turned the wrong way on a ''fade'' route and was unable to grab a very catchable ball. This time he looked very much like a redshirt freshman.

As Fayton progresses, he will push Leonard Scott, Tony Brown and Montrell Jones for the No. 2 receiver role. For now, though, he's a guy with great potential but some rough edges.

Other practice observations:

* Lanky freshman receiver Chris Hannon continues to impress with his speed and pass-catching ability. If he continues on his current pace, he could play this fall.

* Freshman quarterback James Banks has been compared to former Vol Tee Martin but they are polar opposites in one sense. When Banks makes a poor throw, he tends to hold the ball too long and throw it at his receiver's feet. Martin, of course, often overthrew receivers early in a game before settling into a rhythm.

* Freshman Jason Allen got some work with the No. 2 secondary. Although the Vols have excellent depth in the secondary, Allen could see action this year as UT seeks to build for the future. DBs Willie Miles, Steven Marsh, Julian Battle and Charles Small will be seniors this fall, while Jabari Greer, Mark Jones, Rashad Baker and Gibril Wilson will be seniors next season.

* Freshman kicker James Wilhoit was wide right on consecutive field goal tries, but then nailed a 40-yarder from a severe angle. He continues to impress with his remarkable leg strength, although senior Alex Walls exhibits a little better accuracy.

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