Andrew Bain is preparing for his fourth year as a Miami Hurricane and has played in 19 career games.
The team practiced on Friday and Bain liked what he saw.
"As an offense we played real well," Bain said. "We took a large step in our running game and we did our two-minute drill for the first time this spring. It was a learning experience, but against our defense you can't expect the world."
The Hurricanes return to practice today at 9:30 a.m. for a 90-minute scrimmage that is closed to the public. It will be the third scrimmage of the spring.
"It is always exciting when we scrimmage," said Bain. "Everyone will trash talk in the lockerroom before practice, then when we are warming up, and then after the scrimmage. It is always fun going up against those guys on defense to show them what we got on offense."
The first unit offensive line feature four new starters including Bain. Reggie Youngblood is at left tackle with Derrick Morse at right guard next to Tyrone Byrd at right tackle. Center Anthony Wollschlager is the lone offensive line starter returning.
"I think we are gelling real well," Bain said. "We have some young tackles, but besides that we are fine. The inside guys are veterans so it solidifies our inside, which helps our tackles too. I think we are playing well and off the field we are getting along well. We just have good chemistry going on right now."
Bain is playing alongside Youngblood who is praised for his athleticism and was one of the nations's most sought after linemen in the class of 2005.
"He is a big, young talent," Andrew said. "He is just a big dude from Texas and he is real athletic. He makes things easier knowing that a great athlete is playing next to you."
The offensive line features a new position coach as Mario Cristobal switches from tight ends coach where he was the past two years.
Players have complimented Cristobal's teaching methods throughout the spring and Bain echoes their sentiments.
"I think he does more teaching," said Bain. "It is just different than when coach Kehoe was here. Things are more consistent with what he wants done so it makes it easier to respond since we know what he wants all the time whether it is hand placement or something else in particular. It gives you something to work toward perfection of the technique he is teaching."
Bain has consistently been one of the strongest guys on the team and this year is no exception.
He has a personal best of squatting 600 pounds and expects to bench around 435 pounds and power clean around 330 pounds this summer after he completely recovers from his shoulder surgery that he had in January.
His squat and bench marks are tops on the team.
Although he is a strong guy, he wanted to improve on his explosiveness on the field and become quicker off the ball.
During practice Bain goes up against right defensive tackle Teraz McCray every day. Bain and McCray have been going head-to-head ever since they were teammates at Ely in Pompano Beach.
"People underestimate him because he is a smaller defensive tackle, but he is quick and strong," Bain said. "He has that big base underneath him so he is a formidable opponent."
Bain has been having a positive spring thus far.
"I feel like I have been doing well," Bain said. "It is a process every day. You are your biggest critic so when you are watching film you say 'okay I need to work on this today' so as long as I feel like I am getting better every day, I am not having a problem right now."
Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org