"We had a scrimmage today and it was really good. We needed to see that. We got some big plays out of the offense and some big plays out of the defense. Having big plays in a game is huge with the outcome. It is just seeing the competition and guys competing very well. We have had four good days. We are not close to where we need to be, but I think we can get there and I really like what I see."
"Protection has been much, much better. I am very encouraged by that. We ran the ball better and overall I think it was a good day for both sides."
• P Brian Monroe, a three-year starter at punter, made a big-time catch in the scrimmage and could be an asset for the Canes in 2006. At 6-foot-1 and 208 pounds, he has good speed and route-running ability along with good hands. With incoming kicker/punter Matt Bosher from Jupiter joining the team in the fall, the Canes might not be afraid to use Monroe at receiver.
Monroe has always stated he wanted to catch at least one pass in his career. "He has been there in the past, but I am little more serious about it this spring," Coker said. "He is a great athlete and he made a phenomenal play today."
• RB Derron Thomas was sick earlier in the week and missed some practice. Coker noted that Thomas was "a little rusty" and he lost a little bit of his sharpness and his edge.
• Practice resumes tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. and remains closed to the public.
Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org