Hill excited to lead UM's receivers

Aubrey Hill comes to Miami with an impressive resume and a reputation for being an up and coming coach. The Miami native had his first press conference with the media and CanesTime.com was there to cover it.

"I am a homegrown product," said Aubrey Hill. "I was a childhood friend of Randy Shannon's. We both got into coaching shortly after our playing careers. I have always recruited the Miami area, so I'd always see Coach Shannon around. Me and Coach Swasey went to high school together. I was very excited when I got the call about this job."

Hill grew up in Miami and went to Carol City High School . He played college football at the University of Florida from 1991-1994. After his playing career, he served as a graduate assistant for Steve Spurrier from 1996-1998. Hill then spent 99-03 as Duke's wide receivers coach and spent the 2004 season as Elon's wide receivers coach. After a one year stint at Elon, Hill spent 3 years as the wide receivers coach for the University of Pittsburgh . Hill has come back to his hometown to serve as the Hurricanes' wide receivers coach. He talked about what it means to finally be home again.

"I can barely put it into words how excited I am to be here," said Hill. "I was jumping off the walls when I find out I got the job here. I'm very excited to get started. I am overwhelmed by this opportunity, but at the same time I understand why I am here."

Hill has gotten teased by some of his Gator friends about talking a job at Miami . He talked about what his ex-Gator friends are saying to him.

"I have been ragged quite a bit so far," said Hill. "Everyone is talking about the big game this year. I'm a Cane now."

Miami has been plagued by sub-par wide receiver play the last few seasons. Hill addressed that situation and his plans for fixing it.

"I looked at all the tape so far not to see what went wrong, but to see what our kids can do athletically and how their skills are," said Hill. "I did not look at the things I need to correct. I looked at it from a personnel standpoint, skills standpoint, and the things we need to be consistent at."

Hill will be given an opportunity to work with a replenished Hurricane wide receiver core. Coach Shannon was addressed the talent and depth issues at wide receiver with his last two recruiting classes and Coach Hill talked about his current group of wideouts.

"Right now all the guys are very eager," said Hill. "Everyone has been doing everything I ask them to do. They have stated late looking at film and working with the quarterbacks. I am going to all of players accountable. I am looking forward to the challenge."

The Canes' new wide receivers coach spoke specifically about Miami junior wide receiver Sam Shields.

"Sam has done everything Coach Shannon and our staff has asked," said Hill "He has been fine since I have been here. I look as the wide receivers as a group. I am not going to just pin-point one player. I am expecting the entire group to improve."

Coach Hill is excited about his new opportunity and he said his players were equally excited.

"There was a sense of excitement when I got the job, no doubt about it," said Hill. "All of them rushed to welcome me. The guys are excited."


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