Practice Report: 8/5

Miami hit the practice fields for the fourth straight day on Tuesday and was there for the action. Read on to find out all the news from day four.


-Aldarius Johnson and Kayne Farquharson both had touchdown receptions today.

-Johnson worked with the first team again today.

-Richard Gordon, Dedrick Epps, and Chris Zellner all had touchdown receptions today.

-Coach Stoutland said that Xavier Shannon is the favorite to start at center for Miami.

-Chavez Grant had another interception today.

-Coach Hurtt expects a lot of the true freshmen to get meaningful playing time.

-Adewale Ojomo was praised for his effort after practice today again.

-The Canes continue to have long practices as they went for well over 2 hours today.

-Lee Chambers and Damien Berry had to leave practice due to cramps. Berry was carted off.

-C.J. Holton was cleared yesterday and has to go through a couple of days of conditioning before he can practice with the team.

Quotes from Miami Head Coach Randy Shannon

"Today was good. The run game picked up and the play-action pass game was very good. We tried to execute that more than anything. The deep pass was good today and the run game was pretty good. All around it was pretty good. And we worked some punt drills today as far as overloads, double games and different fronts like that. That's going to be a vital key to what we're trying to get done on special teams, especially in the punt game. You can win and lose in those situations."

On Anthony Reddick

"Everything's fine with him. He's doing well. We're just monitoring Reddick because guys come off knee injuries, you go and practice him every day you won't get much out of him. It's one day off, one day on, trying to ease him back into it. But he's doing fine."

On practice in intense heat

"We take breaks in practice. That's all you can do. We tell them to hydrate between drills, when you're not in drills. That's all you can do. Usually the first day of camp you have 10 guys go out. I'm kind of excited about that because we're well into it and you only have two guys going down, which is good."

On Jason Fox

"I expect a great year for him. He played as a true freshman, came in as a tight end. He always says he's an athlete because he always says he'll play tight end if we go down in numbers. I like Fox because his mentality, he's become more mature, more of a leader. Guys are looking up to him, understand what we want."

On Chris Zellner

He's a very smart guy. He'll be in the rotation. We feel we have three tight ends who have improved since last year. Last year it was really their first time playing. Now they have a year under their belt, understand what it takes to be a tight end. All three of those guys are doing exceptionally well.

On the Tight End position returning to the form expected at Miami

"It will. Maybe sooner than what you think. When you have guys only the first time playing last year it's kind of hard to get them going. With a new offense coming in, guys never touched the field. Now these guys are making catches left and right in practice, big key catches. So we're kind of excited."

On the Freshmen contributing on Special Teams

"All those young guys have to play special teams. In the past young guys that came in and contributed on special teams were pretty good once they left the University of Miami."

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