Practice Notes: 3/22

CORAL GABLES -- The Miami Hurricanes practiced for the second time this spring and they were again in shorts. They will take a day off tomorrow, before putting on the pads on Friday.

COKER QUOTES

"We had a lot of teaching again today and a lot of effort. Guys were running around well and having some fun. I think we will know a little bit more when we put pads on, on Friday."

"I was really impressed offensively today and I really like what I see there."

PRACTICE NOTES

· RB Charlie Jones and RB Andrew Johnson had strong days today according to Coker. "They are really stepping up and I see a lot of energy there.

· CB Glenn Sharpe is expected to earn a sixth year of eligibility and according to Coker, he will go through the process prior to completing the 2005 season, which would be his final season if he is not granted an extra year by the NCAA. Coker expects him to earn the extra year. "He looks great and is really a good football player. He looks very, very, very good. We need to get him back." He is not having any troubles with swelling in the first two days.

· QB Kyle Wright put on extra weight and muscle, particularly in his arms. Wright got up to 231 pounds and is currently at 228 right now. The 6-foot-4 quarterback from Danville, Calif. was listed at 220 pounds heading into the 2005 season.

· OL Alex Pou, OL Andrew Bain, and OL A.J. Trump have been stepping up on the offensive line accoring to Coker. Bain has been on the first team and will have to hold off Trump for that spot. Pou can play either guard or center if needed, but projects as a guard with Wollschlager holding down the center spot.

· QB Kirby Freeman addressed the issue of possibly transferring at the end of the spring and stated he is 100 percent happy to be a Hurricane and his happy for Kyle, but he wants to play football. If he leaves, it will be to another Division I-A program and it won't be until after the spring if "he is not happy".

· Coker commented on Freeman possibly transferring: "I know that is a possibility because he wants to play. If there are other opportunities for him to play then I think he will explore those opportunities. There is only one of them on the field and that is always a possibility with a back-up quarterback, but hopefully it is not. Usually if you do the right things and work hard, good things will happen. So where would you transfer? Texas. They don't have anybody, do they? Notre Dame. They don't have anybody to play quarterback or running back? So where are you going to go? You can go down a level if you want to set your sights low. That just doesn't make any sense. I just don't see it happening."

· Practice resumes Friday at 3:20 p.m. at the Greentree Practice Fields, but remains closed to the public.

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


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