Spring Practice Report - 4/6/04

The Hurricanes put the pads back on today after only being in shells yesterday. Today's bright spot was the efficiency of the offense. There are only four more practices before the spring game on April 17 at the Orange Bowl.

Coach Larry Coker

"We ran a lot of situation stuff today. Some short yardage things and some third-down things. I think it was a good day for us today. It is time to play the game and learn to play the game. I was very impressed with Brock Berlin today. He had a great day today. The receivers caught the ball well today, which was very encouraging. We need that in our offense."

"With a player not playing much the year before you don't see it very often where they will be starters the next year. If Tavares Gooden is here and healthy he will be the starter. I don't know who will beat him out. I think it is rare. He is a good athlete, he is smart, and I think he wants to play. Hopefully at will linebacker that is where he can be an impact player."

"I just didn't see much from Kyle Wright on Friday. Some of it was he didn't get an opportunity. But he has had a good week. That is the encouraging thing because he needed that. We only have a few more opportunities this spring to practice. This has to be an important week for us and so does next week."

Notes:

* Marcus Maxey has been getting the most work in nickel situations. Maxey, a safety, generally has been lining up as a corner and Antrel Rolle moves over to become the nickel back because of his versatility. Rolle played the same position last year when Kelly Jennings would enter the game as the fifth defensive back.

* The nickel linebackers will be Roger McIntosh and Tavares Gooden. Both linebackers are very athletic with excellent speed. Middle linebacker Leon Williams is better suited for stopping the run.

* During one-on-one's in which the quarterback throws to a receiver who is being guarded by a cornerback, they completed 9 of 10 on either slants, fades, or out patterns. Brock Berlin, Derrick Crudup, and Kyle Wright were the quarterbacks during the drill.

* Roscoe Parrish has not had knee surgery yet, but will sometime this week. He was at practice in pads and continued to work on his hands.

* Sinorice Moss looked better today, but still was not 100 percent because of a knee injury. With Parrish and Ryan Moore already out that only leaves Devin Hester, Darnell Jenkins, and Akieem Jolla as healthy.

* Mark Gent had the worst punt of the spring when he punted the ball over the practice field fence that bordered the field. The punt went only 10 yards before sailing over the fence. Loud chuckles were heard after the punt and Gent shook his head in disgust.

* Coker has been impressed with the improvement of Tanard Davis, a former track star who earned a scholarship last spring. Davis is competing for playing time as an extra cornerback during nickel and dime situations.

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 on Thursday

Next Practice:

Thursday, April 8, 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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