Defensive Backs Update

The University of Miami secondary is still trying to find an identity. Read on to see what the status of the unit is heading into the third week of the season...

After just two games the Hurricanes are already shuffling things around in the secondary.

Cornerback Randy Phillips moving to safety is probably the biggest news. Head coach Randy Shannon talked about that move.

"Willie (Cooper) has done a great job for us," Shannon said. "Randy didn't have a very good game last week but he's a real good football player. We're not gonna beat Randy Phillips up. He's gonna be a good player for us."

Shannon is hoping the move of Phillips has the same amount of success as the move for Tavares Gooden has had.

"We moved Tavares Gooden, who had been playing outside linebacker for four years, to the middle. He ended up with 17 tackles and is doing a great job for us. It's his first time doing it this year. Hopefully we'll find something in Randy Phillips playing safety."

Phillips is listed second on the depth chart behind Cooper at free safety. Kenny Phillips is the first team strong safety. Shannon said Lovon Ponder is injured and will be "out for a few weeks".

Stepping in at corner will be Carlos Armour, who will start opposite true freshman Demarcus Van Dyke.

"Carlos, Van Dyke, and Bruce Johnson will be the rotation at corner," he said. "Glenn Sharpe is 50/50 for this next game. (Armour) has played a lot. He's a good press corner guy. It's not like he's a new guy. He played 50 percent of the game last week and he played 50 percent against Marshall. It's not like he's a new guy on the field. He's gootta know that job is not secure all the time."

Bruce Johnson is coming back from injury and will compete, while Chavez Grant will continue getting playing time there as well.


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