UM Football: News & Notes (8/20)

A lot is happening in Coral Gables as the Canes continue preparing for the start of the 2012 season. Here are some news and notes from today.

* Al Golden says the 2nd defensive end spot (opposite Anthony Chickillo) "looks a lot better than it did two weeks ago" due to the improved play of Shayon Green and Kalvin Cain -- the top two guys at that spot.

* DT Curtis Porter wasn't listed on the newest depth chart because he "has a health issue right now." Golden didn't add any more to that.

* The best defensive tackle throughout fall camp has been sophomore Olsen Pierre. "He''s been the most productive of the group. He's staying in his gap, rushing the passer, and making plays. He's played at a higher level than the others."

* Deon Bush is now listed as a co-starter with Kacy Rodgers for the second safety spot (next to Vaughn Telemaque). "He's a competitor, is very bright, and also plays on all four special teams."

* Two of the most improved players on the entire team have been senior receivers Kendal Thompkins and Davon Johnson. "They have really responded due to the competition from the freshmen."

* Thompkins has been so impressive that he's now listed as a co-starter. "He had one of the best summers, he's had a spectacular camp, and he's been one of the top five performers through camp."

* Thomas Finnie is finally healthy and ready to make a push for a starting cornerback spot.

* Gabe Terry is the highest true freshman linebacker on the depth chart. "He's everything we thought he'd be. People thought we were crazy for taking him. He's an exciting player. He's fast, athletic, and active."

* Kalvin Cain has made major improvements on and off the field. "His personal troubles are in the past. He's grown up and matured. His effort has been much better the last 5-6 days. He's 6-4, long. He's 240 now and will be 255."

* Seantrel Henderson is still out of town and has a long ways to go, even when he returns to the practice field. "He's 20 practices behind. He needs to take care of personal stuff first."

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