Spring Scrimmage Report - Notes & Quotes

A great Friday night of football was highlighted by the Hurricane defense. A few thousand fans showed up for the scrimmage at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale to see the Hurricanes first practice open to the public. Here are some notes and quotes from coach Coker on the scrimmage.

Coach Larry Coker

"The defense did a heck of job tonight. They came ready to play and flew around making a lot plays. That is exciting because if you are good on defense you have a chance to be a good football team."

"Obviously we did a lot of punting tonight and that is good because it is something we need to work. I think the punting was good. The protection was there and I think Brian Monroe did a nice job punting the football."

"We had some bright spots on offense. The tight ends made some plays for us. Still very disappointed downfield. I just didn't sense the big play excitement downfield that we have to have with the wide outs. Akieem Jolla did some nice things and made some clutch plays. We have to get the ball downfield. We had the one crossing route that went for a long touchdown, but other than there wasn't anything else. Some of it was very poor throws, some of it very poor routes, some of it very poor protection."

"That is what spring is for. I was very encouraged by our effort. I think we had too penalties tonight, but they are all correctable things. We had some ACC officials here and that is going to help us. It will be a great tape for us to look at. We can't do a lot of this because of the numbers, but it was good for us."

"I really see some encouragement from our linebackers. Leon Williams is really starting to figure this thing out. He made some phenomenal plays for us tonight. Roger McIntosh and Tavares Gooden are going to be outstanding for us. Jon Beason has really stepped up also."

"We really did not see much from Kyle Wright tonight. I thought he had a couple of opportunities, but made some poor throws. I would like to do this every day with Kyle and scrimmage. There are times when he just didn't have time to do anything, but that is part of football. That is what happened in the fall also."

Notes:

* The offense under new coordinator Dan Werner looked very similar with I-formations, three-wide receiver sets, double-tight ends, and four receiver sets with trips receivers bunched.

* Berlin's most successful passing formation was with three wide receivers and he was in the shotgun.

* The most successful run formation was in the "I" with the runs straight up the middle.

* The quarterbacks combined to go 11-12 in seven-on-seven drills before the scrimmage.

Out For Spring Practices

RB Frank Gore – ACL
CB Glenn Sharpe – ACL
DE Thomas Carroll – Shoulder
WR Ryan Moore – Recovering from shoulder surgery
TE Brandon Sebald – Separated Shoulder
WR Roscoe Parrish – Ankle/Knee

Did Not Practice Today

DE Bryan Pata – Sprained Ankle – will return early next week

Injured Today

RB Quadtrine Hill – Ankle
QB Derrick Crudup – Elbow

In Attendance

*Former Hurricanes Bernie Kosar and Melvin Bratton

*Miami Dolphins starting fullback Rob Konrad

Next Practice: Monday, April 5, 3:30 PM, Greentree Practice Fields.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Columnist for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@grassy.com.

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