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Defense ‘wins’ second straight practice

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Hurricanes defense won a second straight session of #CanesCamp, but head coach Mark Richt saw a much more even battle Sunday morning on the Greentree Practice Fields.

"Another nice, smoky, hot, humid day in south Florida. It was awesome. Today, like I told the team after practice, we're doing the right things,” Richt said. “We're practicing with the right kind of effort and attitude. I thought the offense competed better today. If you would have kept score, like we did, the defense would have had the upper hand in the scoring, but a lot closer competition today, a lot more fight from the offense.”

Three young wide receivers have helped make an impact in the early going of fall camp – redshirt sophomore Dayall Harris and true freshmen Sam Bruce and Ahmmon Richards.

“I wouldn't say in the whole receiver group no one had speed [in spring practice], but as a group, we didn't have that much speed,” Richt said. “Now we have more guys that can run and really be competitive, and test our defensive backs. We're doing a lot better.

In Richards, wide receivers coach Ron Dugans sees a young player with significant potential.

"He has a good skillset. He can run - that's one thing that he can do,” Dugans said. “He's a shifty kid, a great kid that has good ball skills. I think he's going to be a really good player for us.”

Though the newcomers have made an impact, Richt said not to forget about Malcolm Lewis, a leader in the group.

“Malcolm has really practiced well in the spring and the fall,” Richt said. “I think he's a very good player, and I think he is a guy we're going to have to count on this year, and I think he'll do well for us. He's a senior in there as well. I think he leads by example."

Another newcomer – fullback Marquez Williams, who arrived from Mars Hill University in North Carolina – has been a key contributor in Miami’s ‘21’ package, Richt said.

“The package that we run, he’s picking it up pretty well,” Richt said. “But it's kind of what he has done his entire career…they did a good job coaching him at Mars Hill."

Williams has enjoyed the move to Coral Gables.

"The transition has been great,” he said. “The coaches, players, everyone at Miami has made this transition [great]. This is where I thought I would be. This is like a second home."

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