Meanwhile, the defensive backs had the added disadvantage of trying to cover the entire field with no underneath help from linebackers and no deep help from safeties.
Bottom line: The pass catchers looked a whole lot better than the pass defenders on Tuesday. Still, several defensive backs showed some promise.
A few who caught my eye included:
- Desmond Brown, 5-11, 185, Cherokee County High of Centre, Ala. Brown has the cut physique of a fifth-year college senior and the agility to perhaps play corner in college. He was so impressive Tuesday that he got a scholarship offer from Vol head man Lane Kiffin following the workout. On a day when all of the DBs struggled, Brown looked to be the best of the bunch. He's rated a 3-star recruit and No. 42 among safety prospects by Scout.com.
- Tino Thomas, Memphis Melrose. Only a junior, he has athleticism, quickness and nice bloodlines. His older brother, Graig Cooper, led the Miami Hurricanes in rushing (682 yards) as a freshman last fall. Thomas got some camp attention from UT secondary coach Willie Mack Garza, which suggests he already may be on the Vols' radar.
- Eaton Spence, Glades Day School of Belle Glade, Fla. Another junior, he had a feast-or-famine day Tuesday, recording a spectacular interception and several nice breakups but getting burned several times, as well. The 5-10, 165-pounder started every game as a sophomore cornerback last fall for a Glades Day team that advanced to Round 2 of the state's Class A playoffs.