Jennings Getting More Physical

Kelly Jennings is a junior cornerback from Live Oak, Florida. Last season Jennings spent the majority of the time on the field during nickel situations. This year Jennings is looking to be a full-time starter and is working on being a complete player.

Known for his speed and coverage skills Jennings is working on becoming more physical this season.

"It is coming along good. I think I am a whole lot better. I am learning my technique more that coach Walton is trying to teach."

In his career, Jennings has played in 25 games. Jennings ranks among the team leaders with 17 career starts. Only Chris Myers (26), Antrel Rolle (24), and Quadtrine Hill (18) have more career starts.

Jennings has just one interception in his career and it is another area that he wants to improve upon.

"I think I just need to be more patient and more confident. If I do that, I will be all right."

In Friday's scrimmage at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale the Hurricane secondary limited the passing game to 13 for 33 for 205 yards with 72 of that coming on one play.

"I think we did okay. I think we had a few busts. I know myself personally I had a few mistakes. I think we have room for improvement and a long ways to go. I think with the coaches that we have and the leadership we have within the secondary, we will be fine."

Defensive backs coach Tim Walton is in his first year at Miami after spending last season winning a national championship at LSU. Walton replaced Mark Stoops in January.

"Coach Walton is a lot of fun. He does a lot of talking."

Jennings has been learning a lot from coach Walton and thinks the defensive backs will continue to improve under the direction of Walton.

"His whole thing is technique and how to play man coverage. He brings out things that I never knew about, common sense things that you never think about. He is teaching us those things and it is helping out a whole lot."

"He stresses technique a lot more. He is all about technique to the 'tee.' It helps us down the field and at the line. We just have to put it all together and we will be a whole lot better."

Jennings along with CB Antrel Rolle, FS Brandon Meriweather, and SS Greg Threat will be the starting defensive backs in 2004.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Columnist for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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