Safety Impresses DB Coach

Lovon Ponder, a sophomore safety, has impressed defensive backs coach Tim Walton this fall.

"He is an unsung hero," Walton said. "He does a lot. He is a real good football player."

Lovon Ponder is having a very strong fall camp for the second year in a row.

"He probaly has had the best camp out of everybody," said Walton, who is in his third year at Miami.

Ponder played in all 12 games last year as a redshirt freshman finishing with 20 tackles, three interceptions, and five passes broken up.

The three interceptions tied for the team lead with Brandon Meriweather and Kelly Jennings.

Two of his interceptions came against South Florida and he returned one of them 42 yards.

This fall he is playing behind senior Brandon Meriweather and sophomoree Kenny Phillips. But Ponder is in a battle with Anthony Reddick as the third safety on the depth chart.

His performance in the fall could put him in a position to receive more playing time during the season.

"Ponder is having a great camp," Walton added. "He is a savvy football player with great ball skills and instincts with the game so he is going to play a lot and do a great job for us this year."

Practice resumes tomorrow morning.

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