Practice Notes: 3/28

CORAL GABLES – The Miami Hurricanes returned to the practice field after two days off.

COKER QUOTES

"This was a little bit of a ragged day. I told the team that we did not quite have the energy that we have had the past four days. Today was somewhat of a short practice because we have a lot of players with evening classes. But, we are making progress, and as long as we are making progress, I will be happy with it."

PRACTICE NOTES

· After reviewing the scrimmage on Saturday, Coker came away pleased. "There were some good things going on from both sides of the ball. I like the speed of the defense and I like the attitude of the offense. You can see that in the body language."

· WR Lance Leggett has worked really hard since the bowl game. "I think track has been a real positive for him. He has gotten a lot of confidence from that," said Coker.

· LB Willie Williams was unable to practice due to an illness.

· RB Andrew Johnson continues his strong spring, "He has a knack of being explosive and hitting the creases and once he gets out in the open, he is a threat to go the distance. We have not had that kind of guy that can go the distance since Willis, and Andrew is that kind of guy," he said.

· Coker said he is concerned with the depth at the offensive tackle position, but he is not concerned about sophomore OL Reggie Youngblood. "He is going to be as good as advertised. He is going to be a good player for us and he has to be. Youngblood is a difference-maker type player."

· OL Tyrone Byrd "has a lot of work to do," according to Coker. "He continues to get better, but he just needs to get his confidence level up and get a lot of work."

· WRs Lance Leggett, Ryan Moore, and Khalil Jones are doing a good job of catching the deep and intermediate balls thrown.

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

David Lake is a Staff Writer with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at lake@canestime.com


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