KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The best way to find out who is catching the coaches’ attention in practice?
When coaches are given an open-ended question about players, the first name out of their mouths is the one I go with. Given enough time, coaches usually hit the entire roster in the name of diplomacy.
So who is standing out? Here are some names we heard:
* Receiver Cody Blanc.
Receivers coach Zach Azzanni said he made some nice catches in Saturday’s scrimmage and is learning well in practice.
* Reserve offensive lineman Mack Crowder.
Offensive line coach Don Mahoney said he’s stood out on the second team.
* Senior linebacker Channing Fugate.
Linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen listed him first among the group of veterans competing for more playing time this year.
* Junior defensive back Justin Coleman.
After lamenting poor tackling, defensive coordinator John Jancek identified Coleman as among those who have shown “good fundamentals.”
* Senior linebacker Brent Brewer
Both Thigpen and Jancek praised Brewer’s leadership and attitude during the transition to a new position.