Practice Report - Day Two

Practice finally got started after an hour delay. A light rain was present throughout the practice and some of the players had trouble keeping their feet. Coach Larry Coker is a bit concerned with the wet grass because of potential injuries that could occur.

Today was a better day in Coker's eyes and he mentioned a few guys that had good days. "Carlos Joseph had another good day as he did yesterday. Baraka Atkins and Bryan Pata are two young guys that have been playing well. Thomas Carroll has been a positive standout also."

The offense looked sharp today especially on seven-on-seven drills. Brock Berlin made some very nice throws across the field hitting targets crossing the middle and down the sideline. Running backs Frank Gore, Jarrett Payton, Tyrone Moss and Kyle Cobia all had big gains in today's practice.

Quarterbacks

Brock Berlin has been looking good. For the most part his throws have been on target and he has been seeing the field well. Berlin has been spreading the ball around and is not afraid to dump the ball off to a running back out of the backfield. However, he has had two interceptions, one yesterday to Leon Williams and one today to Maurice Sikes. Both were bad reads and the defenders had good jumps on his poorly thrown passes. Derrick Crudup has thrown some bad passes as well as missing his targets. Crudup has yet to show anything to warrant the starting position. Marc Guillon is the third-string quarterback right now and has made some good throws. Guillon looks a little impatient at times, but has not forced anything. Kyle Wright is progressing nicely for what is expected as a true freshman.

Running Backs

Frank Gore is still looking impressive in practice and he looks to be at full health making strong cutbacks and is possessing a good burst of speed.

Jarrett Payton is trying to fight off freshman Tyrone Moss for the backup to Gore. Both Payton and Moss had nice runs today. Quadtrine Hill is still the starting fullback and Kyle Cobia is back to full strength. Both Hill and Cobia are threats to catch the ball out of the backfield. Talib Humphrey missed practice today with a strained Achilles and wore a very heavy splint.

Wide Receivers

The receivers have looked good the first two days of practice. Roscoe Parrish has caught some tough passes and made nice plays after the catch. "Kevin Beard has been really impressive," according to Coach Coker "and although he seems a little tentative now, he'll be fine." Ryan Moore sat out of today's practice as a precaution to his hamstring injury he has been dealing with for quite some time. With Jason Geathers still nursing a slight hamstring strain, Moore looks to be the third receiver behind Parrish and Beard. Sinorice Moss and Aikeem Jolla have been playing on the second unit together and have looked good at times as well. Darnell Jenkins, Devin Hester and Tanard Davis round out the wide receiving unit.

Tight Ends

The best tight end in the country is playing for the Hurricanes, enough said. Kellen Winslow has looked phenomenal including a nice one handed grab along the sideline between two defenders in today's practice. Winslow is up to 250 pounds, which is 15 pounds heavier than he played at last year. He credits that to getting older and working hard in the weight room. Kevin Everett has caught a few passes and has been running good routes as well. Buck Ortega was used a lot today in the seven-on-seven drills. The former Gulliver Prep star has been making the transition to tight end look easy.

Offensive Line

The offensive line is still being shifted around. The majority of the time the starters have looked like this: LT Eric Winston, LG Joe McGrath, C Joel Rodriguez, RG Chris Myers and RT Vernon Carey. Carlos Joseph has been with the first unit as well filling in for Eric Winston at left tackle. Chris Myers has been taking some snaps as the center and pushes Joel Rodriguez to the left guard position. Carlos Joseph has played some at right tackle moving Vernon Carey to left guard leaving out Joe McGrath. The musical chairs along the line will continue throughout fall practices, stay tuned.

Defensive Line

The first unit has been looking like this: LDE Thomas Carroll, LDT Vince Wilfork, RDT Santonio Thomas, RDE Baraka Atkins. They have been looking good but it they hard to judge without the pads on. Orien Harris and Kareem Brown have been playing as second-team defensive tackles. Javon Nanton, Alton Wright and David Williams are all rotating in as second-team defensive ends. Larry Anderson and John Square are both injured and their returns are unknown. Freshman defensive end Bryan Pata has looked very good on the third team.

Linebackers

D.J. Williams and Jonathan Vilma will be two of the better linebackers in the country and Roger McIntosh joins them to form a formidable trio. They have been all over the field making plays and there is nothing to worry about with this unit on the field. Backup middle linebacker Leon Williams has looked very well so far this fall picking off a pass and constantly in on tackles. Jarrell Weaver and Darrell McClover are backups to Williams and McIntosh as outside linebackers.

Secondary

Antrel Rolle has been shutting guys down. Sean Taylor has been seeing the play unfold and is right in the middle of things each play. Maurice Sikes and Alfonso Marshall have been on the first unit with Rolle and Taylor. Coach Coker's response to the possibility of Marshall being the other starting cornerback this year, "Alfonso Marshall has been a part-time starter for this team for two years now. I'd say he has a very good chance to be the starting cornerback this year." Kelly Jennings and Travarous Bain have been getting most of the snaps as second-string corners and Terrell Walden has seen time there as well. Greg Threat and Brandon Meriweather have been playing together as second-string safeties. Some have questioned Maurice Sikes' ability but he has been looking good so far this fall with an interception today on Brock Berlin.

Special Teams

Mark Gent should be the kicker and freshman Brian Monroe has been punting the ball well and should be the starter this season. Chris Harvey is back as the team's long snapper and has been working on his snaps during practice. Roscoe Parrish, Devin Hester, Darnell Jenkins and Terrell Walden have been working on punt returns. Parrish is likely to continue that role from a year ago. Parrish, Sean Taylor, Antrel Rolle, Devin Hester, Kelly Jennings all have been in the team's kickoff drill. Hester returned a kick in yesterday's practice during a one-on-three kickoff drill.

Hopefully the rain will stay away for tomorrow's practice and the players continue to work hard. Practice is set to begin at 3:30 rain withstanding.

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