KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — If you thought there was no way the hype surrounding Tennessee receiver Von Pearson could grow any larger, think again.
On Friday morning, after a mere four days of spring football, Pearson’s one-handed catch appeared on the SportsCenter top 10.
Pearson, 23, took a long route to college football through Feather River College in California. Subscribers can read my story about him in today’s News Sentinel.
Pearson has yet to appear in a Division I game, or even a scrimmage.
I asked receivers coach Zach Azzanni if he was afraid all this attention would go to his head.
“He’s not wired like that, oddly enough,” Azzanni said. “But I’ll guard against it. I’m pretty good at that.”
Check out two views of Pearson’s catch in our practice videos after the jump.
And now, a series of .gifs of players running into things.
All my photos, plus some extra stuff, can be found here.