Practice Report - August 24th

The University of Miami football team completed itsst practice prior to classes starting on Wednesday with a hour-and-40-minute workout in full pads on the Greentree Practice Fields Tuesday morning. All players will have the day off on Wednesday in order to attend the first day of classes.

"We have put a real important emphasis on school and we have made sure everyone has their books," said Hurricanes head coach Larry Coker. "Tomorrow is the first day of class, and I told the players I want them to be on time, be prepared and be respectful."

So far this fall, Coker has been impressed with what he has seen from his team on the football field. According to Coker, the players have been working hard both on the field and in the weightroom, which should pay off come game time.

"I feel very good about the team," Coker said. "The attitude has been great, and I like our athleticism. I think we are ahead of where we were a year ago."

Toward the end of practice, the Hurricanes were able to work out some of their younger players, which Coker mentioned was good for both the team's and the players' futures.

"We got a chance to work some young players at the end of practice today," Coker said. "We don't want to forget about them, because they are our future and some of those guys will be playing before the season is over."

Coker also commented on the inspired play of his tight ends so far this fall, including Kevin Everett and Greg Olsen.

"This is the best group of tight ends I have ever been around," Coker said. "They are outstanding. Everett and Olsen are tough and are tremendously hard workers."

The Hurricanes will not practice on Wednesday so that the players can focus on attending the first day of classes. Practice will resume at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. All Hurricanes' practices are closed to the public for the remainder of the year.

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