Practice Report: Aug. 22

MIAMI, Fla. - The Miami Hurricanes held an open practice at the Orange Bowl.

"We moved around tonight. The guys threw and caught the ball pretty well like Darnell Jenkins, Lance Leggett, and Sam Shields of course moving Ryan Hill to receiver he has some promise there. I like what I see."

· The team practiced for one hour at the Orange Bowl and did not have very many 11-on-11 plays.

· WR Lance Leggett caught a 42-yard pass from Kyle Wright. Wright threw the ball down the left sideline and let Leggett make a play on the ball. With one-on-one coverage provided by Bruce Johnson, the 6-foot-3 Leggett outjumped Johnson, 5-foot-11, and came down with the ball.

· Freshman Ryan Hill was moved to wide receiver from cornerback yesterday and today he came up with a big play. Hill took a Kirby Freeman slant and weaved through the defense showing off his agility, speed, and playmaking ability for a 48-yard touchdown. After practice wide receivers coach Marquis Mosely came up to Hill and told him the move might be permanent.

· DT Dwayne Hendricks showed good speed on back-to-back plays putting pressure on the quarterback. Hendricks, a sophomore, is competing for playing time as the fourth tackle in the rotation. He will be counted on heavily in 2007.

· OL Ian Symonette (knee) and WR Khalil Jones (sprained ankle) did not practice. Symonette and Jones are expected back soon.

· RB Charlie Jones practiced, but did not have any big runs. Derron Thomas practiced as did Javarris James, who continues to receive the most reps with the second unit.

· QB Kyle Wright showed his ability to make the 15-20 yard throws to the sideline. Arm strength is a key when doing this as well as looking off defenders. These out patterns will be key to keep secondaries honest and setting them up for the deep ball down the field.

· WR Darnell Jenkins, CB Bruce Johnson, and WR Ryan Hill returned punts today.

· P Brian Monroe is concentrating on his hangtime this fall. His target hangtime is 4.5 seconds where as last year he was around 4.1. When he gets the hangtime his punts travel 50-65 yards because of his power. Monroe still continues to be used at receiver, but will not lose his job as the team's punter unless receivers get hurt or he struggles at punter.

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