UM Welcomes Freshman Class

The University of Miami's highly touted class of football recruits was officially greeted by head coach Larry Coker Sunday morning. The newcomers reported beginning at 9 a.m. and were fitted for equipment, underwent physicals and checked in to their dormitories. The remainder of the team reported for fall practice later in the day.

"It's always a great day for us to welcome the newcomers and get ready to go to work," said head coach Larry Coker.

Fourteen players who signed with the Hurricanes in February reported Sunday morning and took part in equipment check-out, eye examinations, physicals and dormitory check-in. The newcomers will spend much of the week going through student-athlete orientation while practices for the entire team begin Monday afternoon at the Greentree Practice Fields on the UM campus at 3:30 p.m. All practices are open to the public from Monday, Aug. 4, through Wednesday, Aug. 13.

University of Miami Football Media Day will be held Friday, Aug. 8, beginning at 10 a.m. Miami begins the 2003 football season on Thursday, August 28, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in Shreveport, La.

The following newcomers reported Sunday:

Andrew Bain OL 6-4 320 Pompano Beach, Florida Ely
Jon Beason ATH 6-1 206 Miramar, Florida Chaminade-Madonna Prep
Glenn Cook LB 6-1 220 Hollywood, Florida Chaminade-Madonna Prep
Willie Cooper LB 6-1 190 St. Augustine, Florida St. Augustine
Vegas Franklin DL 6-3 235 Reserve, Louisiana East St. John
Tavares Gooden LB 6-1 220 Fort Lauderdale, Florida St. Thomas Aquinas
Devin Hester WR 5-11 168 Riviera Beach, Florida Suncoast
Dave Howell DL 6-4 290 Royal Palm Beach, Florida Royal Palm Beach
Teraz McCray DL 6-0 285 Pompano Beach, Florida Ely
Brian Monroe P 6-2 190 Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Palm Beach Gardens
Tyrone Moss RB 5-10 210 Pompano Beach, Florida Ely
Bryan Pata DL 6-4 260 Miami, Florida Central
John Rochford OL 6-3 295 Linwood, New Jersey Mainland Regional
Cyrim Wimbs OL 6-5 310 Pompano Beach, Florida Ely

Preseason Practice Schedule

Open to the Public
Mon.-Fri., Aug. 4-8 Practice at 3:30 p.m. - open to the public
Sat., Aug. 9 Practices at 8:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. - open to the public
Sun., Aug. 10 Practice at 3:30 p.m. - open to the public
Mon., Aug. 11 8:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. - open to the public
Tues., Aug. 12 3:30 p.m. - open to the public
Wed., Aug. 13 8:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. - open to the public

Closed to the Public - Media Only (first ½ hour and last 15 minutes)

Thur., Aug. 14 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 15 8:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 16 8:30 a.m.
Sun., Aug. 17 3:30 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 18 8:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 19 3:30 p.m.
Wed.-Fri., Aug. 20-22 3:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 23 8:30 a.m.
Sun.-Tues., Aug. 24-26 3:30 p.m.

Regular Practice Schedule

Sun.-Tues., Aug. 24-26 3:30 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 27 Travel to Shreveport, La.
Thur., Aug. 28 Miami at Louisiana Tech (7:30 p.m. ET - ESPN)
Fri., Aug. 29 Recap with head coach Larry Coker, 11 a.m. (Edgerrin James Room)

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