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Miami Hurricanes News & Notes: Spring practice opens, Martell gets cleared, Canes get first crack at new offense

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Miami Hurricanes QB Tate Martell’s eligibility waiver APPROVED! - State of the U

“The University of Miami football program announced Tuesday that the National Collegiate Athletic Association has approved a waiver for quarterback Tate Martell, which makes him immediately eligible for competition.”

Spring Practice #1 — The energy is palpable in Coral Gables - State of the U

“The Hurricanes would have had an absolutely miserable first day of spring practice had the weather looked this way a calendar year ago. A gloomy, rainy day in Coral Gables was forgotten as the 2019 Miami Hurricanes gathered for their first of twelve spring practices inside the Carol Soffer Indoor practice facility.

I wasn’t here for the old Miami, but “The New Miami” feels the way football should feel in Coral Gables. From the time the team was stretching, the energy was sky high.”

Two words describe Martell on first day of practice with Canes: ‘elite’ and ‘eligible’ - Miami Herald

“The word “swag” was mentioned multiple times Tuesday at the inaugural Miami Hurricanes spring practice of 2019 — the first official practice conducted by new head coach Manny Diaz.

Both times the s-word was used in describing Ohio State quarterback transfer Tate Martell, who slung footballs along with fellow scholarship quarterbacks N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams at the Carol Soffer Indoor Practice Facility, where players were oblivious of the downpour outside”

Hurricanes players reveal more changes with football program and team’s offense - Miami Herald

“Lots of Hurricanes nuggets on the first day of spring practice:

▪ The UM offense officially entered the 21st century on Tuesday, and that was among several changes that were evident in Manny Diaz’s first day running a practice as UM’s coach.

▪ The UM offense, which had limited presnap motion under Mark Richt, is going to do things differently under new offensive coordinator Dan Enos.”

Welcome to the U, Daran Branch - State of the U

“On Tuesday afternoon, the Miami Hurricanes bolstered the 2020 recruiting class with the commitment of Amite (LA) 3-star DB Daran Branch.

A long and lean DB at 6’2” 175lbs, Branch is listed by recruiting sites as a CB. But Branch may profile better as a Safety in the eyes of some, so his final position is yet to be known.”

Brevin Jordan’s Day One Comments Are Bound To Get You Excited - State of the U

“With a new offense being showcased under OC Dan Enos, seeing added transfer players for the first time and former Canes like Michael Irvin and Greg Olsen in attendance, there was much to be positive about.

Nobody showed that positivity and prospective more than sophomore tight end Brevin Jordan. During his post-practice interview with reporters, the Las Vegas native gave Hurricanes fans the reassurance they’ve been waiting to hear for months now.”

Spring Football Position Preview: Safeties - State of the U

“With the return of Coach Manny Diaz, not only did Miami retain one of the best defensive minds in college football, but they also held onto a transfer-market ninja who could make sure the effect of attrition on the program is minimal. The combination of Diaz and safeties coach Ephraim Banda has been one of Miami’s most productive in recruiting and player development, which makes the safety position a major case study on the direction of Canes football.”

What to watch for during Miami Hurricanes Spring Practice - State of the U

“The wait is over! Spring Practice for the Miami Hurricanes starts today! The Canes, looking to move forward from an incredibly disjointed and disappointing 7-6 season, will use the next 15 practices to develop talent and skill across the roster.

We’ve previewed every position group, and here they are for your eyeballs

QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DE | DT | LB | CB | S | ST |

On top of those position previews from our SOTU staff, here are 5 items to watch for during spring practice:”

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