Practice Report: Aug. 8

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes returned to the practice field for their second practice of the fall. They are still in shorts and their first scheduled day in full pads is Friday.

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"There was a lot of teaching today. Coaches were working with the guys and teaching them. We are trying to get a lot of work in and stay healthy. The main thing is guys are working hard and getting a lot of coaching from the coaches. Players are receptive."

"This is day two. You should have a lot of energy. Day three and four you really have to push on, but today was a good day so far. We have to finish it off meetings, good film study, and get ready for tomorrow."

· Yesterday Coker said that he felt the guard position was the most intriguing position battle on the team. While it appears that Andrew Bain and Derrick Morse are locks to start, Coker said that A.J. Trump is a guy he thinks can enter the mix. Trump is also working as the back-up center to Anthony Wollschlager.

· OL Tyrone Byrd still has a hold on the right tackle position until someone beats him out. Cyrim Wimbs is currently the back-up to Byrd, but Chris Rutledge, Ian Symonette, and Alex Pou could compete for the job.

· QBs Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman had good days today. Both players have showed a lot more confidence in the early going and are comfortable with their roles on the team. Freeman got bigger in the off-season and is up to 217 pounds.

· RB Charlie Jones was solid today. He made some good runs and is showing more quickness than last year. Jones is another player with more confidence.

· RB Derron Thomas is up to 202 pounds and has not lost any quickness. He said he is "bigger, stronger, and faster" this year. Thomas, who has had a number of big plays in practice, is looking to get meaningful carries this season.

· WR Sam Shields did it again. He made another big play on the sideline while playing with the first unit. Shields is doing an excellent job of going after the ball when it is in the air in addition to his superb speed. He dropped a pass over the middle, which shocked his teammates. He's just been that good.

· LB Glenn Cook is more comfortable in the middle and likes it better than the outside. Cook is currently playing with the first-team and is a player who does not make mentals, which should benefit him as the Sept. 4 opener rolls around.

· Offensive line coach Mario Cristobal said he expects all three of the freshmen on the line to play this season as opposed to redshirt. Ian Symonette is just a beast at either tackle spots with Joel Figueroa and Jason Fox as no slouches either.

· RB Andrew Johnson is getting less snaps than freshman Javarris James and Coker insists nothing is wrong with Johnson. However, Johnson was wearing some sort of back brace on Sunday when the team reported. This will be something to monitor throughout August.

· TE DajLeon Farr had a solid day, which is good for the sophomore tight end considering the number of young players at the position.

· With the fullback nearly entirely out of the Miami offense, some tight ends could be moved. Dedrick Epps is a guy that could be looked at playing wide receiver.

· WR Terrell Walden is a sleeper to produce this season. Walden is known as the fastest guy on the team and has good athleticism. If he stays healthy, he is one to watch.

· OL Orlando Franklin still has not been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com


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