Ponder Likes Secondary

Lovon Ponder is a safety from Miami Pace who redshirted last season in his first year as a Hurricane. Miami returns three starters in the secondary an Ponder thinks very highly of the unit especially the safeties.

Lovon Ponder is a 6-foot-1, 205-pound safety who is working on his knowledge of the defense every day in practice. Head coach Larry Coker named Ponder as one of the guys that stood out in last Thursday's scrimmage and was impressed with some of the things he did.

"I am just learning the system," Ponder said in describing Thursday's scrimmage. "I was doing what I was supposed to do and helping out my teammates. That is about it."

He has been working hard throughout spring practices, which resume today at 3 pm.

"Things are going pretty well this spring," Ponder said. "We have watched a lot of film to help correct our mistakes."

With eight practices remaining in spring practices, which conclude on April 9, Ponder wants to improve on a certain area of his game.

"My one-on-one coverage skills," Ponder said. "I want to be able to cover, which would give me a little extra to my game."

By watching him in spring practices you can tell his comfort level has changed since he arrived in August. He is around the ball more and is more consistent.

"I have changed a lot since I got here," Ponder said. "I used to be busting coverages all of the time and was all out of place. Now I am pretty much in the right spot all of the time."

Last year Ponder redshirted and dealt with an injury. He was one of 14 players who redshirted last year.

"Last year was tough," Ponder said. "I hurt my shoulder and then I had to redshirt. It was tough sitting out after playing four years in high school. I hit the books hard during last semester. It was a learning experience for me."

Miami returns three starters this year and a number of other guys that have contributed. The current depth chart is as follows:
FS                       SS
Anthony Reddick, So      Greg Threat, Sr
Brandon Meriweather, Jr  Lovon Ponder, Fr

CB                       OUT    
Kelly Jennings, Sr       Carlos Armour, So
Marcus Maxey, Sr
Devin Hester, Jr
Glenn Sharpe, Jr
Rashaun Jones, So
"Our secondary is excellent," Ponder said. "I believe it is the best group out there. We have experience and three of our starting unit back this year."

Threat and Meriweather are two upperclassmen safeties who have helped Ponder throughout the learning experience.

"They are great," Ponder said. "Brandon and Greg help me out a lot especially Greg--he has been helping me out with the little things. Brandon has been on me since I got here."

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

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