Hey hey hey! The Miami Hurricanes had their 14th Spring Practice on Thursday morning. Here is a recap of the day, from UM Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – With the final scrimmage at Boca Raton High School on the horizon, the Hurricanes wrapped up their final spring session on the Greentree Practice Fields Thursday.
Speaking for the first time since the team’s second scrimmage, Miami’s coordinators discussed the progress the team has continued to make on both sides of the ball as the spring rapidly comes to a close.
“Yeah, [senior defensive lineman] Chad [Thomas] has been highly productive, making a lot of plays, a lot of disruptive plays in the backfield,” defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said when asked about the defensive line. “[Senior defensive lineman] Trent Harris is doing what Trent Harris does. He always seems to fill up the stat sheet with a lot of positive things for the defense. Heady guy and is always going to be where he is supposed to be.”
“Then you have [sophomore defensive lineman] Joe Jackson and [redshirt junior defensive lineman Demetrius Jackson]. Joe, you know, flashes with his potential but there is so much more to it.”
On the opposite side of the ball, offensive coordinator/running back coach Thomas Brown discussed the progress being made on the outside, as a couple guys have stood out in his eyes.
“Tight end wise, I think [sophomore] Michael Irvin [II] has probably made the biggest jump…” he said. “I think Michael Irvin has made the biggest jump, when it comes to the tight end room, of being consistent of knowing what to do, how to get lined up and executing the stuff we ask those guys to do.”
“Receiver wise, definitely by far [redshirt junior wide receiver] Darrell Langham,” Brown said. “I think, obviously last year, coming in with a new staff and seeing a guy with that type size, I mean, he is not the most dynamic from a speed stand point, but thinking he could be a bully type of receiver because he has the body to.
“So I think obviously it was more of a mental deal for him last year, just being able to believe that he can play as big as what he was and having confidence,” Brown said. “And he has been a great surprise, in my opinion, when it comes to the receiver room and it has probably stood out almost every single time we step on the football field. Of playing like he is a big man and not like he is 5’8, like he is my height trying to play receiver. Use your size, use your length, use that ability to overpower some smaller DBs and make some plays.”
While everyone on the team will look to make a positive last impression on the coaches Saturday, junior defensive back Michael Jackson is ready to take the field with his teammates and show off their talents.
“We can just show that we fly around to the ball, and we really have fun playing with each other. That if one guy makes a play, that you will see 10 other guys out there having fun with him,” Jackson said.
As per usual, several coaches and players spoke to the assembled media after Thursday’s practice. Here are the videos of those interviews:
Defensive Coordinator/LB coach Manny Diaz
Offensive Coordinator/RB coach Thomas Brown
QB Malik Rosier
QB Evan Shirreffs
OL Tyree St. Louis
DB Jaquan Johnson
DB Michael Jackson
A daily update by Christy Cabrera Chirinos of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Miami's QB race is far from settled as the end of spring nears. And even when a starter is named, if he struggles...https://t.co/TqtQ412pwO— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) April 21, 2017
A metric ton of nuggets from Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald
New: An avalanche of UM football nuggets - news on Michael Irvin Jr., Redwine, Willis, most improved WR, etc: https://t.co/hKLabSVdwI— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) April 20, 2017
A look at Miami’s upcoming final spring scrimmage by Andrea Adelson of ESPN
Miami won't have its quarterbacks go live in the final scrimmage Saturday, deciding one live scrimmage this... https://t.co/fDY1YkzZ9J— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) April 21, 2017
A FREE football insider by Christopher Stock of InsideTheU.com
A photo gallery from InsideTheU.com
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That’s it for today.
Have a great Friday everybody.