Day 4: UM's Practice Report

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami football team held its fourth practice of fall camp Sunday afternoon, with a steady rain falling throughout most of the two-hour session on the Greentree Practice Fields.

The Hurricanes worked in shells for the second straight day of camp and will move to full pads Monday as the ‘Canes move deeper into August.

Hump Day
Head coach Randy Shannon said that practice No. 4 would be, "hump day", as in the day when fatigue, both mentally and physically, will begin to appear. It's also a day where the leadership, tenacity and toughness of the players begin to shine through.

So, it is certainly significant that Shannon described the session as possibly the best of the camp. He praised the focus and energy level of the players.

Rain a Welcome Distraction
There was a steady downpour of rain throughout the session.

"It's a distraction," said Shannon. "We welcome it, because the players need to learn how to deal with distractions."

While the ‘Canes worked on very damp fields, it was not a sloppy surface by any means. During two hours of practice, this author did not see one player slip on the field.

Jones Returning to Lead Team in Sunday Night Chapel
University of Miami alum Daryl Jones (1997-01) will return to the Coral Gables campus tonight to lead a team chapel. The former UM receiver was a key member of the 2001 National Championship team.

"Daryl was a special player in Miami history and we embrace any opportunity to welcome back former Hurricane greats," said Shannon. "He will talk to the team about living your life with integrity and character."

After his UM days, Jones went on to play with the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings and is registered by as having four years experience.

Link to his NFL
Link to his Miami

Fig Fitting in at Right Tackle
After spending the majority of his collegiate career at guard, senior Joel Figueroa has made the move to right tackle in camp and the transition has gone as smoothly as possible early in camp. Figueroa stood out among the offensive linemen on Sunday, consistently holding his ground and keeping oncoming defenders out of the backfield.

Figueroa not only impressed in 11-on-11 action, but his leadership and work ethic are evident in position drills run by offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.

Dye Quietly Impressing
With all the talent that the University of Miami has along the defensive line, a sometimes forgotten name in the mix is redshirt freshman Dyron Dye. After missing the entire 2009 season with an injury, Dye appears to be healthy and motivated early in camp.

On Sunday, he made big play after big play. He recorded a sack, three tackles for a loss and a couple more quarterback hurries, consistently getting in the backfield and creating havoc.

Offensive Highlights
- Freshman connection: Stephen Morris connected with Allen Hurns on a pair of long passing plays.
- Storm Johnson's biggest gain of the afternoon – a 25-yard run – came as a result of a big block by freshman Seantrel Henderson.
- Lamar Miller broke off a pair of long runs.
- Jacory Harris hooked up with Leonard Hankerson on a number of occasions in 7-on-7 action.
- Asante Cleveland stood out among the tight ends.

Defensive Highlights
- Colin McCarthy, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Devont'a Davis and Sean Spence all recorded interceptions.
- Spence also had a big hit on Mike James and recorded a tackle for a loss in red zone work.
- Ryan Hill led all defensive backs in pass break-ups.
- Curtis Porter recovered a fumbled snap.
- Josh Holmes got in the backfield and picked up a sack in 11-on-11 work.

NFL Roll Call
Scouts from the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles were in attendance at today's practice.

The ‘Canes will return to Greentree Monday morning for their fifth practice of fall camp.

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