Spring Practice Report - 4/8/04

The Hurricanes returned to practice today after taking the day off yesterday. The team will enjoy a three-day break before returning to the field on Monday. There are only three more practices before the spring game on April 17 at the Orange Bowl.

Coach Larry Coker

"We had a nice physical practice today. The defense has really stepped up and has done a great job. We had some guys make some great individual plays. We had a couple of nice passes by Brock Berlin and catches by Darnell Jenkins. Kyle Wright did a nice job and Buck Ortega stepped up at tight end."

"I think the passing game is a rhythm thing. I think we have to use our quarterbacks some in the run. We had some scrambles today for some key first downs. The big key is not to get in any difficult situations."

"Kyle Wright has really done better like we had hoped because he is getting more work in. We expect him to get better and that has been encouraging. He only had about 10 reps with the first unit today. He has seen a lot of time with the second unit so he is getting a lot of work in. That is the main thing. I am not so much concerned with the ones or twos, but just getting some work."

"I think the defensive backs are going to be good. I really like what I see in that area. We will get Glenn Sharpe back, who is progressing well in rehab. I like what I have seen. We have a leader in Antrel Rolle. I think Greg Threat is going to be awfully good back there. Kelly Jennings is a Phillip Buchanon-type corner."

"It seems like we always lose a lot of guys in the secondary. A couple years ago we lost the entire secondary to the NFL. I think that is kind of what is happening now. What we do have is solid people coming back who have played a lot. They have speed and talent. When you have speed and talent in the secondary, you just have to learn the system. If they cant we have to simplify the system."

"Hopefully this spring we will see some young guys step up. We have some talent there, but we do not have a lot of experience there. We have to have to some young steps up. I think Willie Cooper is a guy that has really stood out. I think Travarous Bain has done a nice job back there. You see a lot of potential in him. A guy that has stood out the most is Tanard Davis. He is talented and the biggest thing he has been is that he has been coachable. He has executed his responsibilities this year which is something he had not done in the past."

Notes:

* Tyler McMeans has three years to play two, but is highly unlikely to redshirt. He has a long ways to go, but has improved immensely since arriving at Miami. Last spring McMeans came to UM at 374 pounds, this fall he arrived on campus weighing 356 pounds, he is now down to 336 pounds. His ideal playing weight would be around 315 pounds.

* John Rochford got some work in today at right guard with the second unit, a position he played in high school. Rochford is still competing with Curtis Justus, Greg Olsen, and Jonathan St. Pierre for the long snapping duties.

* Kevin Everett has improved immensely since dropping a number of passes earlier in spring practices. Today he caught three passes for 45 yards including a touchdown. Everett is still the favorite to be the team's starting tight end on September 6.

* Roscoe Parrish had knee surgery on Wednesday and everything went well. It was very minor and less than originally thought. He also had surgery on the same knee in August. He plans to make a full recovery in time for August practices.

* Sinorice Moss is still bothered by his knee. He had an operation over a month ago, but it is still extremely sore. No timetable has been set for his knee to be recovered. The break from spring practices will help the junior receiver recover.

* Orien Harris has been very impressive this spring causing havoc against the first offensive unit. He has been considered the best defensive player on the team by one of the coaches. His biggest strength is his ability to get off of blocks and keep his legs moving. Chris Myers has been going up against Harris the most during practice.

* Eric Winston, an all-American hopeful, has sometimes looked disinterested and lacks complete attentiveness. Today he had a false start followed by allowing his man to beat him on the inside on a goal line formation.

* Bryan Pata returned to practice today after being out the last six practices with a sprained ankle. He had his ankle heavily taped today and will nurse it over the weekend to be ready for practice on Monday.

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

Next Practice:

Monday, April 12, 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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