Fullback Looking to be a Factor in '07

Fullback Jerrell Mabry is entering his sophomore season at Miami.

On Saturday, Jerrell Mabry caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Kirby Freeman in which he fought through the defense before reaching the endzone.

"It felt good," said Mabry with a smile. "It felt good because I had not been there for about two years--since high school. I scored last year, but that didn't really count because it was at the end of the game."

Mabry was a bright spot on offense and is looking to become a bigger factor on the team this season.

"It makes you feel good knowing that you are helping the team out," he added.

He played in three games last year, catching three passes for 20 yards and a touchdown. In 2005, he redshirted after a standout career at Shaw High School in Columbus, Ga. This year he is in a battle at fullback with James Bryant and John Rochford in addition to competing with tight ends/h-backs in different formations.

"Personally I am getting better than what I used to be. I am working harder and staying focused.

His playing weight has always been something Mabry has dealt with since arriving at UM. He has been as high as 290 pounds as a Hurricane.

The 6-foot-1 Mabry is looking to get down to 265 pounds before the fall.

"With everyone helping, not just coach Shannon or coach Swasey, the whole team is on me."

First-year offensive coordinator Patrick Nix is implementing the new offense this spring and Mabry is pleased with the results.

"The offense is coming along and coach Nix is putting in some things and we are not so predictable as we were in the last couple of years," Mabry said. "You could have a run or a pass on the same play, you just don't know what is going to happen. Everyone just has to do their own assignment and if one person slips up, the play is dead."

Practice resumes Thursday afternoon.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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