"They've gotten better each week, and that's what you want as a coach – to see improvement," Trooper Taylor said. "Lucas and those guys have really gone out and made some plays. They've got to continue to do that."
Routinely pegged as the team's greatest weakness in preseason media assessments, Tennessee's wideouts worked like zealots in August to prove themselves capable. Their position coach hopes they'll continue to show such diligence now that the point has been made.
"I told them, 'You don't go to bed a circle and wake up a square.' I want to see the guys practicing the same way they have all year," Trooper Taylor noted.
As the wideouts' collective reputation has increased, so has their self-esteem. Instead of worrying about making mistakes, they're now focusing on making plays.
As Trooper Taylor said: "It's all about confidence."