UM closed out Sunday's session with a game of Dodgeball, featuring the offense Vs the defense. We can only wonder which QB played the role of Peter Lafleur. Though Al Golden certainly does NOT remind us of Patches O'Houlihan!
On a serious note, while practice was closed to the media, Al Golden did speak post practice and had a very positive tone:
Golden on '14 camp: "These guys right now are making life fun, making it easier. Camp’s never easy, but they’re where they need to be (cont)— Matt Porter (@mattyports) August 10, 2014
The full AG mini presser below:
A freshman offensive lineman stepped up in place of another:
Ereck Flowers told me Trevor Darling stepped up at right tackle at today's practice as Kc McDermott went back inside with a headache.— David Furones (@DavidFurones90) August 10, 2014
It's encouraging to see that UM is building depth up front offensively. Here's hoping KC is back in action today.
Special teams will be a key, and replacing Pat O'Donnell will not be easy. But it is good to see the Hurricanes have a "mature" option.
Former UM Hoops player Raphael Akpejori who is trying make an impact as a 6'9 TE, also spoke with the media and revealed an encouraging message from a legendary source:
One person that got on Akpejiori to try FB? Hall of Famer @criscarter80. "He kind of stuck it in my brain & told me to give it a shot."— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) August 10, 2014
Other notes from yesterday's practice (Courtesy UM):
- Antonio Crawford continued his strong play early in camp with several noteworthy plays, including an athletic pass breakup on third down to stop the offense's momentum. Safety Rayshawn Jenkins also had a key pass breakup, ranging over towards the sideline to prevent a huge gain by the offense.
- While the DBs have been active, they were not the only ones making an impact on Sunday. Linebackers Denzel Perryman and Raphael Kirby each had pass breakups on underneath routes, while defensive lineman Olsen Pierre batted down a pass attempt on third down to end another offensive drive.
The front seven was also aggressive at the line of scrimmage, applying pressure on all of Miami's quarterbacks. Defensive tackle Michael Wyche and linebacker Darrion Owens combined for a key sack on third down in 11-on-11s that gave the defense a big win in that period.
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