Coker Pleased With Opening Day

Despite having to brave cool tempatures at Greentree Field, UM head coach Larry Coker was pleased with the opening day of spring practice as the Hurricanes went through close to two hours of drills.

"Do we have an indoor facility like at Ohio State or what? This was a real fun day to get back," said Coker. "Its hard to tell because they're in shorts and its early, but we had some guys do some good things today."

Coker said senior defensive end Jerome McDougle ‘really looked impressive' coming off the edge and also praised the performances of junior wide receiver Andre Johnson and senior defensive end Cornelius Green.

"This puts the Rose Bowl behind us. It's a new season and new beginning," said Coker.

Coker also was impressed with the play of several newcomers, saying that former Key West High standout J.R. Mounts ‘is extremely fast and ran real well.' Quarterback Brock Berlin, who transferred to Miami from Florida, worked with several different groups and was effective. Coker said former Miami Southridge star and NE Oklahoma transfer Talib Humphrey was sharp.

"Talib looked sharp and has the makings of a player that could really contribute," Coker said.

BOUNCING BACK

Green, who played in just two games last season because of turf toe, displayed quickness during group drills and said he feels a lot healthier at this point.

"I'm not were I want to be yet, but I don't think I could have pulled off any of the things I did today a couple of months ago. That's encouraging."

All practices will start at 2:30 p.m. unless noted.

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