RB Scores TD in Scrimmage

On Saturday the Miami Hurricanes held a scrimmage in front of season-ticket holders and the media. Running back Derron Thomas scored the longest touchdown of the day when he darted up the middle for a 30-yard score.

The offense had a tough time in Saturday's scrimmage against the defense, which returns a number of key players from the nation's fourth-ranked defense in 2005.

"It was a good scrimmage," Thomas said. "The line started off slow then they picked it up as we went on."

Derron Thomas had one of the top plays of the day when he had the longest scoring touchdown on a 30-yard touchdown up the middle.

"I just saw a crease and went through it full speed," described Thomas. "It was just a good play call with the defense they were in and they were expecting a pass."

Thomas did a good job throughout the scrimmage getting positive yards when he could although the defensive line had a good day.

"I was just trying to get as many positive yards as I could," said Thomas. "We have a very good defense with the first, second, and third units--they are all good. As an offense we still have some things to work on."

At the beginning of spring practices Thomas battled a virus forcing him to miss a practice and he was slowed the next day as well. He had a fever and didn't feel good at all.

Now that he is back with two weeks left of practices he wants to keep working hard to put together a solid spring like he did last year.

In the spring of 2005, following his first season at Miami in which he was redshirted, Derron was the top offensive performer of the spring. He made a number of big time breakaway runs against the first defensive unit and passed Charlie Jones on the depth chart.

Thomas, who currently stands nearly 5-foot-10 and weighs 200 pounds is battling with Jones and Andrew Johnson in the spring.

"I came into this spring with the mentality that i was going to do the same thing as last spring," Thomas said. "With two weeks left I want to keep making plays and keep trying to get playing time and move up on the depth chart as high as I can."

"I'm cranking it up," added Derron.

This spring Derron and the running backs have a new coach in Rich Olson, who also serves as the offensive coordinator.

"He is real good as a coach, I like him," said Thomas. "He is a good teacher and knows how to communicate well with the players."

As the offense continues to develop continuity and execute the new system it will be imperative for the team to stay positive.

"As an offense we just have to come out and do our techinques we have learned. Some plays we will get yards and some plays we won't. But we'll be okay," Thomas said.

Practice resumes today at 3:00 p.m., 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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