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Miami Hurricanes News and Notes: Defense Takes Center Stage, Baseball Hosts FSU, Louis Hedley Sits Down with ESPN

The first scrimmage of spring is set for Saturday

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Good Morning Canes Familia,

It’s been a rollercoaster of a week, but the weekend is right around the corner. Once again, State of the U gives you the updates you need to start your Friday off on a good note.

UM Football Prepare for First Scrimmage on Saturday

On Thursday, Hurricanes Football returned to the Carol Soffer Indoor Practice Facility for another practice session. State of the U’s Gabriel Urrutia was in the building taking notes from yesterday’s media.

Regarding whether or not quarterbacks will be live during Saturday’s scrimmage, no decision has been made at the time this article was posted. Saturday’s scrimmage is closed to both the public and media and is set to take place at an undisclosed location.

Some players and coaches were made available for post-practice interviews.

Defensive line Coach Todd Stroud

Defensive coordinator Blake Baker

Defensive end Jahfari Harvey

Cornerback DJ Ivey

Safety Gurvan Hall Jr.

Defensive tackle Jonathan Ford

Injury Updates

  • Safety Amari Carter is unlikely for Saturday’s scrimmage as he still remains in a walking boot.
  • Zach McCloud continues to do individual work as he continues to rehab from a hand injury
  • Brevin Jordan’s status is up in the air for Saturday’s scrimmage after missing a few practices with a leg injury
  • Safety Robert Knowles returned to practice Thursday

Hurricanes Baseball Hosts the Seminoles

Coming off of a 6-4 loss on Wednesday against FAU, tonight the Canes turn their focus towards defending Mark Light Field. Miami will host ACC rivals Florida State in a three-game series this weekend. Miami’s overall record now sits at 18-11, with a 5-7 record in conference play. The Noles were recently dropped out of the NCAA’s Top 25 after dropping four of their past five games.

Hurricanes Football head coach Manny Diaz will throw the ceremonial first pitch on Friday night. Start time is set for 7pm EDT.

State of Declaration

State of the U’s Justin Dottavio breaks down some of Miami’s most enigmatic personalities. With Wrestlemania around the corner, Dottavio breaks down some of the parallels between these gridiron stars and their squared circle counterparts.

The 305 Beat

ESPN had a sit-down interview with Miami punter Louis Hedley regarding his viral popularity on the heels of National Signing Day. In the clip below, Hedley explains his reason for choosing to wear #94 for this upcoming season.

Christy Chirinos of the Sun-Sentinel details how Miami’s defensive line coach Todd Stroud aims to uphold Miami’s standard of play along the defensive trenches.

A pair of freshman have made favourable early impressions on teammates and the UM’s coaching staff. The Athletic’s Manny Navarro breaks down how WR Jeremiah Payton and DE Jahfari Harvey have adapted to college life.

The Miami Herald’s Susan Miller Degnan dives into the praise that junior DT Jon Ford has received so far this spring.

Non-Revenue Roundup

Led by the Estella Perez-Sommariba (#2 ITA Rankings), Miami Women’s Tennis hit the road to take on Boston College this weekend. UM is coming off a pair of wins against Clemson and Wake Forest to close out the month of March.

Back at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center, the 24th ranked Hurricanes Men’s Tennis host Virginia Tech this afternoon. Sophomore Adria Soriano Barrera and the Canes will try to curb the team’s two-game losing skid.

On Thursday, UM Women’s Basketball star G Laura Cornelius announced her decision to turn pro following the season. Cornelius’ sported an 8.8 ppg, 3.2 assists-per-game, and 2.9 rebounds during his Miami career.