Practice Report: 3/28

<b>CORAL GABLES, Fla.</b> - The Miami Hurricanes held their seventh practice of the spring in shells today. The team will resume practice tomorrow at 3 pm.



Partly Cloudy, 79 degrees, 60% humidity


"It was a good day to get back into it. We got some good work done today after spending some extra time in the film room from Thursday."

"We did some good things on Thursday. I don't know if we did a lot of great team things because of mismatches. Individually I saw a lot of good things."

"Particularly I liked what I saw from the quarterbacks when they had their opportunities along with Chris Zellner, James Bryant, Jon Beason, Eric Moncur, Lovon Ponder, and Tyrone Byrd. A lot of individuals did some really nice things. It is pretty obvious that Derron Thomas showed some signs that he can really help us."

"I told our team we have to get a lot done in two weeks to get where we want to be."


* QB Kirby Freeman had a solid day today as the first team quarterback. Freeman showed good arm strength and accuracy in various seven-on-seven and team drills. It was a very good day for Freeman who appeared to be losing ground in the quarterback race.

* RB Charlie Jones had two very nice runs during an inside running drill. The first run went up the middle for about 10 yards as he shook a couple of linebackers to get in the secondary. The second big run came on a fake fullback toss with the defense biting all the way on the fullback. Jones has been the first team running back throughout the spring.

* FB James Bryant was a bit fiesty today. He got into two large scuffles. Earlier in practice Bryant was held out of a few plays with what appeared to be a hamstring problem. When he got back in he mixed it up with a few of the defensive players. He has always been a firey guy since arriving to the team last year.

* CB Devin Hester is still on the second-team defense and is doing what he can to improve. Today he was paired up against freshman WR Khalil Jones. Jones beat him during red-zone offense on a comeback route, but Jones slipped as the ball was thrown wide. Later in practice Jones beat Hester deep down the middle of the field, but Hester jumped up to tip the ball. DB Coach Tim Walton addressed Hester for not closing the gap sooner and using the wrong hand to deflect the pass. Bottom line is that Hester did deflect the pass and that is the nature of his game. He tends to get loose in coverage especially at the line, but has outstanding closing speed to make up for mistakes at the line. His loose coverage downfield makes it look like the receiver is open, but indeed he is not.

* DT Kareem Brown is playing very well right now. He is getting off the ball extremely quick and is taking full advantage of the injury to DT Orien Harris on the first unit. Brown has been a guy that has struggled with his consistency, but throughout spring practices he has been a guy making play after play.

* DE Thomas Carroll had no troubles with OL Tyrone Byrd today during one-on-one drills. Carroll blew by Byrd today twice as Byrd was in bad position. Carroll is a guy, like many of the defensive linemen, that is working on finishing plays. Throughout the 2004 season the defensive linemen would be in position to make plays, but did not finish. Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon is making it a point to instruct the linemen to finish plays.

* WR Sinorice Moss practiced today in contact drills for the first time this spring. He has been bothered with a quadricep injury, which has slowed him down. Moss quickly made his prescence felt as he took a quick pass during seven-on-sevens and darted through the defense for a big gain, much like he did against Florida State last year.

* OL Derrick Morse played with a cast that was wrapped up in a ball around his wrist today. Morse remained the first-team right guard, but struggled at times with the cast.

LB Glenn Cook and K Mark Gent did not practice today, but were in attendance.


Tuesday, March 29, 3:00 pm

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor at CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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