Threat Returns After 136 Tackles Last Year

Greg Threat became the first non-linebacker to lead the team in tackles since Miami began keeping track in 1981. Threat, a strong safety, recorded 136 tackles last year for an average of over 11 per game and intercepted three passes.

Greg Threat is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound strong safety entering his final season as a Hurricane. He has always been a defined as a hard-worker amongst his teammates--who have no shortage of words to talk about one of their leaders by example. His efforts often go unappreciated, but there is no doubt he is needed for Miami to be successful in 2005.

Last year Threat became a full-time starter for the first time in his career after starting three games in each of his first two seasons. Not only did he take advantage of the opportunity, but he was one of the team's top defensive players in 2004.

"I felt I had a pretty good season as a first-year starter," Threat said. "I made some mistakes, but overall I feel I did pretty well. It went good, but I just want to improve and build on last year."

The Hurricanes finished 9-3 last year, which fell short of many people's expectations including Threat's.

"As a team we didn't meet our expectations because we want to be in the national championship game," Threat said.

With nine starters returning on defense and 14 of the 15 top tacklers from last year, Threat believes this year's team can make a run for the championship.

"We have a good chance this year to get back to where we want to be because we understand the defense better," Threat said. "We didn't meet our expectations last year and we are working hard to get back to the champsionship."

One reason he likes the defense that is returning is having a year under their belt playing with each other. Last year featured a number of new starters, many of whom battled through injuries throughout the year, including Threat.

"Everybody on the defense is used to each other now," Threat said. "We have a better feeling now and know where each other is going to be. When you know the person you are playing with, you will be much better off."

Spring practices began last week and the team got together for three practices before taking a week off for spring break. It was good for the team to get back out on the field together with the coaches instructing them on the little things.

"It was good," Threat said. "We were anxious to get back out there. The coaches taught us a lot about technique in the first week."

Every player enters the spring with something they want to improve upon. For Threat, he wants to improve on every aspect of his game.

"I am just trying to improve on my whole game," Threat said. "I want to improve on my knowledge of the game and I want to be one of the top safeties this year."

Threat's first season at Miami was in 2002 and now he enters his senior season. Has it registered that this is his final year?

"I think about it a little bit, but I just take it one day at a time," Threat said. "In the fall I might think about it more because the season really hasn't started yet."

Threat and his teammates resume practice today at 3:00 pm and it is open to the public.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com.

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