Shawn Shamburger, CB
The freshman cornerback became the latest freshman Vol to have his black stripe removed when he had it taken off during Friday’s practice. Shawn Shamburger has impressed coaches and teammates a ton, and defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said at one point that he’s separated himself from the rest of the young corners and is fighting the older players for a spot in the two-deep.
John Kelly, RB
As if it wasn’t already a foregone conclusion that John Kelly would be the Vols’ starting running back, he’s done nothing to dissuade anyone of that notion in fall camp. Kelly has not only looked solid as a runner, but he’s shown off some exceptional hands as a receiver as well, most notably making a one-handed grab during Friday’s practice.
Tyler Byrd, WR
Even when Tyler Byrd makes mistakes running routes or catching the ball, he’s still been impressive because of his ability to learn quickly and correct himself by taking good coaching. Byrd is pulling away from the other Vol receivers in the battle for who will be the most targeted receiver behind Jauan Jennings, and he’s making an extremely solid case for that position.
Shy Tuttle, DT
Although Shy Tuttle has still not completely returned to a full go at practice, his progress has been very encouraging, and he’s looked impressive from what we’ve been able to see him do. His injury doesn’t appear to be hampering him a great deal any longer, and he’s finally starting to move around like he did pre-injury for the most part.