Second Time Around

After watching a good portion of the freshmen struggle -thanks to 90 degree temperatures- through their first official practice at Greentree Field Thursday morning, Coker was a lot more pleased by the end of the second session.

"This afternoon was a much better practice which we expected it to be. Guys somewhat knew what to do and moved around a lot better," Coker said. "We saw a video of this morning's practice and you know sometimes you think you're going full speed and you're not quite there. They were a lot faster and it was just a lot better day."

Coker praised the wide receivers, saying that they had ‘an excellent afternoon".

Coker also made quick note of offensive linemen Alex Pou and Anthony Wollschlager.

"You can tell they're going to be awfully good players," said Coker.


Coker said that freshmen Devin Hester and Terrell Walden, along with junior college transfer Alton Wright, are still working on ‘dotting the I's and crossing the T's' in their efforts to enroll in school and join the team.

"There's new nothing to report," said Coker, after the early-morning practice. "They're still working on some academic issues and trying to hurry on in here. I don't really know when that will be."

Hester, Walden and Wright were not allowed to join the rest of the freshmen on Tuesday because they have not worked out NCAA clearinghouse issues.

Meanwhile, freshmen recruit Darnell Jenkins, a receiver from Miami Central who did not report Tuesday as well, has been ruled academically ineligible until the spring semester of 2003.


Joe Zagacki, has been selected as radio play-by-play announcer for UM football games.

Zagacki will be joined in the booth by new analysis Don Bailey Jr., while 560 WQAM radio personality Brian "The Beast" London will handle sideline reporter duties.

Zagacki had been the football analysis for the past three season next to play-by-play man Marc Vandermeer, who left several months ago to take a play-by-play job with the NFL's Houston Texans.

"I couldn't be happier," said Zagacki. "Being so close to the program for long this is something that I have really been looking forward to." The shuffling on the radio booth comes a few days after WQAM signed a two-year contract with UM to continue broadcast of football, baseball and basketball games.

Zagacki, who has covered the Hurricanes since 1983, beat out former Dolphins radio announcer Bill Zimpher. Zimpher received strong consideration for the job, but resides in Pennsylvania and was reluctant to live in South Florida year round.

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