Hill: "We just want to play"

Fullback Quadtrine Hill is back for his final season as a Hurricane.

Yesterday the team returned to the practice field following a day off due to Hurricane Katrina.

The practice featured a lot of game-type situations with the 1st and 2nd team offense/defense against the scout team offense/defense.

"We had a lot of situations today and did a lot of learning," head coach Larry Coker said. "We missed yesterday so it was good to get back on the field today. Some guys were a little bit rusty. This was good for us and we get to do this a couple of times before the game."

The team had a good pace to the practice. Players were coming in and off the field knowing where they were supposed to be.

"We did a good job of getting on off the field," Hill said. "Guys were paying attention to what team they were on."

Saturday's practice was only the fourth practice of the week (the week before they had eight). The team was not able to get into a great rhythm, but there is still time before the first game on September 5.

"It was kind of tough having practices every other day," Hill said. "We still have six or seven practices before Florida State. It was just different changing up practice times."

With fall practices coming to an end guys are becoming a bit restless. However, they have been practicing with a good attitude and having a good time doing so.

"We have a real positive attitude," Hill said. "We just want to play the game and we want it to hurry up and get here."

The offense will feature new starters QB Kyle Wright, RB Tyrone Moss, WR Sinorice Moss, OL Anthony Wollschlager, and possibly OL Andrew Bain.

One of the areas of focus heading into the season is the running game. Last year Miami rushed for 1,572 yards averaging 131 yards per game, which ranked 79th in the country out of 117 Division I-A. The previous three seasons in which Miami combined for a 35-3 record, the Hurricanes rushed for over 2,300 yards each season.

"I like our whole offense," Hill said. "We are running the ball well and everyone has that as the question mark heading into the season."

Hill has played in 36 games (with 20 starts) in his career. Last year he set career-highs with 111 rushing yards on 20 carries. He is a valuable asset out of the backfield averaging 14 receptions a season.

"I am feeling good out here," Hill said. "I feel comfortable with our offense."

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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