Day 3: UM's practice report

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami football team held an exclusive, invitation only practice Saturday morning in front of a packed house at Cobb Stadium. The practice – the team's third of fall camp – lasted over two hours and gave die-hard Hurricane fans their first look at the 2010 squad.

After warming up on the Greentree Practice Fields, the team moved into Cobb Stadium and got a standing ovation from the enthusiastic crowd. Right from the start, the team fed off the crowd and it carried through over the next few hours despite the warm conditions.

The team ran through a typical practice session, working on goal line and red zone situations, as well as 11-on-11, 7-on-7 and special teams work.

Record Crowd
Head Coach Randy Shannon described it as, "Beautiful."

Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt chose the adjective, "Fantastic."

Both were appropriate to describe the turnout of an estimated 3,000 season ticket holders and UM employees at Saturday practice. The session was open exclusively to UM staffers and ticket holders.

The crowd was boisterous leading up to the 2 1/2 hour practice session. The fans dropped some awes as the offense was able to hit on several big plays, while the defense made some noise in the backfield. Check the offensive and defensive notes below…

The most amusing part of the practice came when quarterback Jacory Harris was sacked… and the defender (who will remain nameless) was booed by the crowd. The ‘Canes Heisman candidate clearly gets the special treatment from the UM faithful.

Thanks to every fan that came out and supported the team this morning. We appreciate each and every Hurricane Fan!!

Speaking of Jacory Harris
Did you know that Jacory Harris had 38 passes of 25 or more yards last season? The total ranked third nationally.

Another great nugget on Harris: Last season, Harris became just the second quarterback since 1992 to pass for 3,000 yards in a season. The other QB is UM legend Ken Dorsey. Harris had 3,352 yards last season, Dorsey threw for a career-best 3,363 in 2002.

Ojomo Gets ‘Em Going
One of the more energetic players on the University of Miami football team, junior defensive end Adewale Ojomo didn't waste any time getting the defense going. Less than a minute into the start of practice Saturday, Ojomo was easily heard above all others after a strong defensive play. Ojomo, who missed the 2009 season with an injury, appears to be back and in full spirit early on in camp.

Coop and Futch Working on the Side
Senior running back Graig Cooper and junior linebacker Jordan Futch spent time working with the strength and conditioning staff during portions of Saturday's practice. Both Cooper and Futch are working their way back from 2009 injuries and both appear ahead of schedule in camp. Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Andreu Swasey focused his time on Cooper, while Strength and Conditioning Assistant Cols Colas worked with Futch.

Hurns Doing it All
Freshman wide receiver Allen Hurns made a couple of grabs Saturday, but his blocking was the story. Hurns not only sprung one, but two long touchdowns with his blocking. First it was on a long touchdown grab by freshman tight end Asante' Cleveland before later springing freshman running back Storm Johnson for the longest TD run of the day.

Big Uglies
Fans got their first chance to see what is arguably the largest right side of any offensive line in school history when freshmen Malcolm Bunche and Seantrel Henderson lined up alongside one another Saturday. Bunche, who stands at 6'7", 328, played guard alongside Henderson, who at 6'8", 330 lined up at right tackle. The pair combined stands 13'3", 658. That is impressive.

Whipple to the Hall of Fame
Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple is visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend… Not to be inducted (yet, at least), but to support his good friend and college roommate Chris Berman.

Berman received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award on Friday evening. Due to his travel, the ‘Canes will not practice until 3 p.m. on Sunday, as opposed the regular early morning sessions.

Offensive Highlights

- Spencer Whipple connected on a handful of big passing plays to Asante Cleveland, Tommy Streeter and Aldarius Johnson.
- Whipple also found Kendal Thompkins on a number of occasions. Thompkins recorded the most catches on the morning, mostly 15-20 yard interior routes.
- For the third straight day of camp, Damien Berry stood out in goal line situations, consistently getting through the line for what would amount to easy scores in game situations.
- Jacory Harris hooked up with Travis Benjamin and Aldarius Johnson on big passing plays in 11-on-11. Johnson had one of the better days among offensive players.

Defensive Highlights

- Among those who recorded sacks: Marcus Forston, Brandon Harris, Allen Bailey, Andrew Smith
- Among those who recorded INTs: DeMarcus Van Dyke, Cory Nelms, JoJo Nicolas, Ray Ray Armstrong
- Shayon Green made a couple big plays in goal line situations
- Jared Campbell had a big pass break-up in 11-on-11 action
- Brandon Harris and Sean Spence broke up a reverse attempt by the offense
- Defensive back Ryan Hill missed Saturday's session due to a death in the family. The Hurricane family sends their thoughts and prayers to the Hill family.


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