Practice Notes: 3/25

CORAL GABLES – The Miami Hurricanes held their first spring scrimmage earlier today completing their first week of spring practice.

COKER QUOTES

"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."

PRACTICE NOTES

• 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."

• WR Ryan Moore, WR Darnell Jenkins, and WR Lance Leggett all made big plays down the field and are expected to be a top-tier trio in 2006 amongst receivers across the country.

• QB Kirby Freeman had "some big throws" and QB Kyle Wright "moved the team well" in the scrimmage. Neither quarterback threw an interception today, which encouraged Coker.

• DE Bryan Pata and DE Eric Moncur were listed by Coker as the standouts on the defensive line.

• LB Jon Beason and LB Willie Williams were the standouts with the linebackers.

• FS Brandon Meriweather and SS Kenny Phillips were positives in the secondary and the cornerbacks struggled as a group. S Willie Cooper returned a fumble for a touchdown.

• RB Charlie Jones and RB Andrew Johnson finished up good weeks today making good runs on a consistent basis.

• 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 stock@canestime.com


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