"Yesterday was kind of interesting. The offense had a heck of a day yesterday and the defense kind of brought it back today as they livened their spirits up a little bit. They did a good job of chasing the ball and correcting some mistakes they made yesterday. So it was a really good day for the defense today."
"I really see an improvement with out team and I like what I see so far. The attitude has been good. We just have to make sure we keep working hard."
• WR Ryan Moore has impressed offensive coordinator Rich Olson the most this spring. He noted his NFL route running ability as the most impressive thing about Moore's performance.
• WR Lance Leggett's performance in 2005 doesn't matter to Olson. "We are doing things different this year so last year was last year." Olson also noted that Leggett has just one drop this spring. "He is catching them over the middle, over the top, and on the outside."
• DT Luqman Abdallah has impressed Coker and is the number three defensive tackle behind DT Kareem Brown and DT Teraz McCray. However, that does not mean Abdallah will join the rotation as they could move either DE Baraka Atkins or even DE Bryan Pata to tackle if need be. Abdallah is ahead of DT Antonio Dixon on the depth chart, who is not ready to play right now and still needs to improve on his conditioning.
• DE Courtney Harris was the only young player on last year's scout team that impressed Coker when he was asked in the fall to list guys doing well on the scout team. Harris has put on 15 pounds, but is still behind a number of guys at defensive end, but could be the fifth-best end on the depth chart after spring practices. Known as a great pass rusher he could see playing time on third downs in 2006.
• LB Willie Williams was sick again today and did not practice. According to Coker, Williams is on medication and has lost some weight. He is expected to participate in practice on Saturday.
• TE Chris Zellner got a little banged up today and had ice on his ankle. No word on the extent of the injury, but if he is unable to practice look for TE Richard Gordon to step up and try to secure the back-up tight end role.
• WR Khalil Jones was the last one off the practice field today as he stayed after with a walk-on to run routes and catch passes. Always known as a hard-worker since he stepped foot on the UM campus, Jones is looking to be the number four receiver for the Canes in 2006. However, he will have his hands full trying to fight off incoming freshman WR Sam Shields from Sarasota.
• The Hurricanes will enjoy two days off before returning to the practice field Saturday at 9:30 a.m., which will be open for the media, but closed to the public.
Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com