Jennings Likes the Secondary

Senior cornerback Kelly Jennings is the most experience member of the secondary and one of the leaders on the team.

Kelly Jennings (Live Oak, Fla.) is one of 17 seniors on the team and leadership is up and down the roster. Jennings has played in the most games (37) of any current Hurricane on the roster.

Because of the way he carries himself he is natural leader. He is one of the most well-respected players on the team and is ready to be a leader this year.

"I think a leader leads by example," Jennings said. "That is one of the things I do. Leaders always give maximum effort."

One of the things Jennings is doing to be a leader is teach the young players the correct way to do things.

"I am just trying to show the guys what I have learned since I have been here to get back to a national championship," Jennings said. "I will continue to do the things I was taught and will show the younger guys how to do things."

The Miami secondary returns Greg Threat, Marcus Maxey, Devin Hester, Anthony Reddick, and Brandon Meriweather which should provide the team with a strong productive unit.

Defensive Back Career Interceptions
JR #4  Devin Hester        - 4 in 12 games
SR #22 Kelly Jennings      - 3 in 37 games
SR #5  Greg Threat         - 3 in 31 games
JR #19 Brandon Meriweather - 3 in 28 games
JR #31 Glenn Sharpe*       - 1 in 21 games
SR #16 Tanard Davis        - 1 in 17 games
SO #26 Anthony Reddick     - 1 in 11 games
SR #24 Marcus Maxey        - 0 in 34 games
SO #38 Rashaun Jones       - 0 in  4 games
SO #27 Carlos Armour*      - 0 in  3 games
FR #35 Lovon Ponder        - no stats
FR #1  Kenny Phillips      - high school
FR #6  Randy Phillips      - high school
FR #29 Bruce Johnson       - high school
* indicates out for season with injury
Jennings expects big things from the secondary this season.

"I expect great things from the secondary," Jennings said. "Looking back since I have been here we have had some great secondaries. Right now could be the best one that we have had. We don't have any big name guys, but we have a lot of guys that know their roles so they can help out in any way that they can."

Defensive backs coach Tim Walton is in his second year with the Hurricanes and brings a lot of energy to the team.

"He is all about football," Jennings said. "Every time you see him it is all about football and how we need to do things right. He knows what it takes to win a national championship from when he won on at LSU in 2003."

This week the defense has been putting in a lot of new packages. With a lot of guys back with experience there is excitement in the air.

"Guys have been flying around making a lot of plays, but I think that is something we can continue to get better at."

Jennings, who has plans on reaching the NFL after the season, is feeling good out on the practice field.

"Personally I am feeling good," Jennings said. "I feel like I am getting better. I think I have the potential to do some great things this year. If I continue to work hard and do the things that I am doing, then I should get to where I want to be."

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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