Practice Notes: 4/1 (with AUDIO)

CORAL GABLES - The Hurricanes held another spring scrimmage today. This time it was in front of a number of season-ticker holders and the media.

LISTEN TO COKER RECAP THE SCRIMMAGE

PRACTICE NOTES

• QB Kyle Wright threw two touchdowns and had two interceptions on the day. He didn't complete very many passes downfield, but instead used a lot of dumpoff passes. He wasn't spectacular today, but it wasn't a terrible day either.

• WR Darnell Jenkins wasn't expected to practice today due to an injured groin, but he suited up and scored a touchdown. Jenkins was in the slot and ran a 5-yard route in the middle of the field before taking the pass in for a 13-yard touchdown.

• WR Ryan Moore did not practice due to a pulled upper leg muscle. It is not certain at this time when he will be ready to practice again, but Coker is hopeful he will resume spring practices.

• CB Carlos Armour recorded two interceptions on the day as he competes for a starting position. Armour picked off one pass on a short route and another on a corner endzone fade.

• S Lovon Ponder, who had three interceptions in 2005, picked off a Kyle Wright pass at the beginning of the scrimmage.

• SS Kenny Phillips was praised by Coker today for his performance.

• FS Brandon Meriweather did not practice today and is out for the remainder of the spring after having minor shoulder surgery. Since Meriweather is a proven player there is no reason to have him finish spring practice and then have the surgery. He is expected to ready to go by fall practice in August.

• Look for Ponder to fill in for Meriweather as Anthony Reddick is not participating in contact drills this spring.

• RB Derron Thomas had a 30-yard touchdown run up the middle as he exploded through the hole as the defense expected a pass play.

• LB Jon Beason had a number of big hits and stood out in Coker's mind, "He is all over the field, loves to play the game, and has a lot of energy on defense."

• LB Spencer Adkins is one of the strongest guys on the team and made a number of big hits today as well. Adkins has been playing strongside linebacker and still appears to be at least a year away from substantial playing time.

• LB Darryl Sharpton continues to show Coker that he is going to be a 'special' player. Sharpton runs sideline to sideline very well and wraps up well on tackles.

• LB James Bryant did well today, but Coker was quick to point out he is doing it against third-team players saying it is a bit misleading. Coker did say "he is getting better and likes to play."

• WR Khalil Jones caught a 45-yard pass along the sideline on the first play of the 7-on-7 drills as Wright threw a perfect pass.

• CB Randy Phillips was beat on the big play by Jones and struggled a bit today. He is still currently the first-team cornerback.

• WR Lance Leggett earned a nice applause from the full crowd at Cobb Stadium making an acrobatic catch on the sideline after a defensive holding call on the cornerback.

• TE Greg Olsen caught a touchdown over the middle as Wright found him during the redzone offense drill.

• LB Glenn Cook is the current first-team middle linebacker and is considered a "good player" by Coker, however Coker believes Sharpton can be an "outstanding player", which doesn't bode well for Cook in his quest to be the team's starting MLB.

• LB Willie Williams did not practice for the third straight day after a productive scrimmage last Saturday. Coker said he is on medication because of an illness.

• RB Andrew Johnson didn't have a particularly great day highlighted by a lost fumble. Johnson did get have some steady short yardage runs and a nice 12-yard run, but did not have any breakaway runs.

• RB Charlie Jones had a typical spring practice getting some positive yards three to four yards at a time, but nothing out of the ordinary.

• DT Kareem Brown made some great plays in the backfield proving that he is going to be a strength of the Hurricane defense in 2006. Brown is a very athletic player and is poised for a breakout season.

• TE Richard Gordon was used on a number of formations including a 2-tight end set. Gordon also caught some passes and appears on his way to the number two slot on the depth chart at tight end.

• DT Antonio Dixon used his big frame to stuff some run plays, but will need to work on his conditioning in order to be the third defensive tackle on the depth chart.

• DE Vegas Franklin was flying off the edge and got to the quarterback for a sack. Franklin could be used on third downs as a pass-rushing specialist.

• DE Courtney Harris did a real good job against the run and the pass today. Harris has earned a lot of praise from Coker and could figure into the mix in 2006.

• The Hurricanes will enjoy two days off before returning to the practice field Tuesday at 3:00, but is 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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