The Miami Hurricanes continued Spring Practice on Thursday morning. It was the Canes’ 5th practice of the Spring.
Here is the daily practice report from UM Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Five practices in, a third of the way through spring camp, and the Hurricanes are showing no signs of letting up in any phase of the game.
“Everybody is attacking every day with enthusiasm, really excited to work,” defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said. “No one appears to be content. Everybody is really trying to push themselves to get their play to another level.”
These spring sessions place a premium on teaching, giving coaches the opportunity to work closely with their units on technique, positioning and schemes.
“Spring is where you pull it all apart,” Diaz said. “You have all the individual parts and everybody tries to get themselves better. And then in the summer, into the fall you kind of put it back together again.”
One of those individual moves comes in the secondary, where Miami has moved junior Sheldrick Redwine from cornerback to safety. Redwine started five of 12 games at cornerback last season but now finds himself next to his roommate (and former Killian High School teammate) Jaquan Johnson at the back of the defense.
“Whatever they need me to do,” Redwine said. “I’m a football player -- you want me to play there, I’m going to play there.”
Redwine said the biggest difference in switching from corner to safety is the real estate he now has to navigate.
“Probably just playing in more space,” he said. “You have to make more plays coming downhill and you have to make tackles.”
Safeties coach Ephraim Banda likes what he’s seen of Redwine in his new role thus far, both from a efficiency and effort standpoint.
“What he’s done so far, he’s really upped his urgency and he’s come out here every day and he’s had it,” Banda said. “There hasn’t been a drop off, which is really what Sheldrick’s issue was in the past. I’m very proud of him coming out here with that same urgency that [Jamal Carter] or Jaquan has brought and when he does that he’s a really good player, so I’m proud of him.”
Last spring, Mark Richt’s coaching staff and the 2016 Hurricanes were still getting to know each other. Now there’s more familiarity, which leads to more productivity in these sessions.
“There is no question that we are so much further ahead than we were a year ago,” Diaz said. “I look at the way we played in October, compared to the way we played in November, even the bowl game. And I think about what we have been able to do, especially the more experienced guys have been able to really add on to where we were in December and take that next step.”
The Hurricanes return to practice Saturday morning to wrap up the second week of spring.
Several coaches and players spoke to the media after practice. Here are the videos of their interviews:
Offensive Coordinator/RB coach Thomas Brown
Defensive Coordinator/LB coach Manny Diaz
Assistant Head Coach/DL Coach Craig Kuligowski
S coach Ephraim Banda
Safety Jaquan Johnson
Safety Sheldrick Redwine
Daily recap by Christy Cabrera-Chirinos of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Redwine finds new home at safety, Quarterman's next step and an update on that UM-Palm Beach County pipeline...https://t.co/amiMIdDgPI— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) March 30, 2017
Daily recap by Matt Porter of The Palm Beach Post
Story: Longtime friends Jaquan Johnson and Sheldrick Redwine hope to 'do damage' as Miami safeties. https://t.co/yf5v5JEg7Z pic.twitter.com/aFiz0IGRi9— Matt Porter (@mattyports) March 30, 2017
Daily update by Susan Miller Degnan of The Miami Herald
It’s back to Killian High days for old friends and new UM safety duo https://t.co/A55jbn13Of pic.twitter.com/6MZsrL39rh— Miami Herald Sports (@HeraldSports) March 30, 2017
That’s it for today guys.