- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Washington Redskins coach Steve Spurrier will make his first visit to a college's "pro day" tomorrow when he attends a timing and workout session at the University of Tennessee for 18 draft-eligible Vols.

Accompanying Spurrier will be Redskins defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, defensive line coach Ricky Hunley and offensive line coach Kim Helton. The makeup of the traveling group gives some insight as to who Washington will be eyeing among the Vols, Spurrier's fiercest rival during his 12-year stint as Florida coach.

Spurrier, for example, will take a close look at junior wide receiver Donte Stallworth, one of several Vols expected to go in the first round. Stallworth (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) missed three games early last year with a broken wrist but still finished with 41 catches for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns.

"He's a very good player," Spurrier said yesterday at Redskin Park. "He's one of the best in the country. He probably ranks right up there with our two guys from Florida [Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwell] and [LSUs] Josh Reed."

Lewis and Hunley will eye Tennessee's pair of standout defensive tackles, John Henderson and junior Albert Haynesworth, though Washington's first pick (No.18) gives the club little chance of getting either player. A more plausible target is defensive end Will Overstreet, an undersized but determined playmaker who should go in the first three rounds.

Helton probably will focus on guard Fred Weary, a highly rated interior blocker who also should go in the first three rounds. Both of Washington's starting guards, Ben Coleman and Dave Szott, are unrestricted free agents. The Vols boast tackle Reggie Coleman, as well, but the Redskins are set at tackle with young stars Chris Samuels and Jon Jansen.

Florida's pro day also is tomorrow, and Redskins wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. will attend the workout in Gainesville. Among possible Redskins targets there are Gaffney, Caldwell and defensive end Alex Brown. Spurrier already has acquired several of his former Gators stars as free agents.

Meanwhile, Szott is expected to visit the New York Jets today. Szott wants to play near his home in Morristown, N.J., or in Washington because his son, Shane, has cerebral palsy and needs to attend a special school.

Also, the Redskins signed two young players, punter/kicker Dan Frantz and safety Billy Gustin. Frantz spent last season's training camp with the club while Gustin has been in camps the past three years, including 2001 with Denver. Gustin also played NFL Europe the past two years.

Neither signing affected Washington's salary cap position a little less than $2million below the spending limit because the minimum $225,000 salaries fell below the Redskins' 51 highest-paid players. Washington now has 56 players under contract.


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