"Practice number 10, we are two-thirds of the way done. Guys are still running around and having a lot of fun. We will have a little scrimmage tomorrow morning and we got some situational stuff done today."
"We worked on the two-minute drill before the half and the two-minute drill before the end of the game and guys responded pretty well. They made some plays on offense and made some plays on defense, which is what you like to see from a head coach."
• WR Darnell Jenkins was carted off the field at the end of practice with an ankle injury. He had ice on his ankle and had to be helped to the lockerroom by trainers. Coker said he went down away from the play and he didn't know the extent of the injury. With Jenkins unlikely to return to practice tomorrow the Hurricanes will have just two scholarship receivers able to participate in the 90-minute scrimmage.
• LB Willie Williams returned to practice after missing the last five days due to a stomach virus. He lost 16 pounds in approximately 10 days, but has regained four pounds already. His current weight is 228 pounds and wants to get back up to 240. He practiced lightly today, but wants the coaches to "let him loose" in tomorrow's scrimmage.
• WR Ryan Moore ran today, but did not practice. He is expected to return to practice next week after pulling an upper leg muscle. The sooner the better for Moore as the receivers are a bit banged up.
• LB Darryl Sharpton has a lot more confidence this spring according to Coker after redshirting as a freshman last fall. He could be the team's starting middle linebacker in 2006.
• DL Vegas Franklin has primarily played defensive tackle this spring at 260 pounds. He was expected to be a pass-rushing specialist at defensive end in '06, but now it appears DE Courtney Harris will assume the role.
• RB Derron Thomas has been "okay" this spring and has "done some good things" according to Coker. Not exactly glowing remarks for the 5-foot-9 tailback. It appears both Charlie Jones and Andrew Johnson are ahead of Thomas in Coker's eyes. Not to mention that Tyrone Moss will be back.
• CB Glenn Sharpe has been the team's best cornerback this spring according to Coker, but also mentioned CB Bruce Johnson and CB Randy Phillips as having good springs as they battle for the other starting position. Although CB Carlos Armour had a strong 2-interception day in the scrimmage last week, he appears to be the team's fourth cornerback.
• OL Alex Pou has been doing well this spring as the second-team center and can play guard. However, don't be shocked if Pou begins to get work as a right tackle on the first team. Coker mentioned recently that current RT Tyrone Byrd still needs some work and OL coach Mario Cristobal said Pou can play tackle. It is just something to watch in the next five spring practices.
• S Anthony Reddick has been playing some cornerback this spring, but it doesn't appear he will be there permanently. His skills are better suited at safety despite not being a physical specimen in the back.
• OL Anthony Wollschlager was praised by Cristobal for his leadership abilities especially if Cristobal isn't around. "He is a guy that will get everyone together if I'm out recruiting," said Cristobal.
• DE Baraka Atkins has been the best defensive player this spring and is expected to have a very strong senior year. Atkins has started 35 games in his career and leads UM returning players with 13 sacks.
• LB Jon Beason is having a very strong spring and is doing everything he can to earn the status of being the team's best linebacker. Beason is still playing the weakside position, which is still a bit of a disappointment because he could be an outstanding middle linebacker and this is the best time of the year to work on new positions.
• OL Matt Pipho has added 35 pounds of muscle and is currently a 6-foot-7 second-team right guard.
• The Hurricanes will return to the practice field tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., but is closed to the public.
Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org