It was a hot day in Coral Gables and the Hurricanes practice was open to the first 1000 fans to claim tickets and to the media.
Right off the bat, the energy was high on Greentree. Strength coach David Feeley wasn’t happy about how the first-team did a certain stretch before practice started and he made them do it over again.
Feely didn’t like how the first team led off this warmup and made them do it again. Zero games being played in Coral Gables in 2019 pic.twitter.com/QEs4QPTjUu— Gaboowins (@GabyUrrutia22) July 29, 2019
N’Kosi Perry was the first quaterback to run with ones today, although they all split time. Again, we don't have any Heisman trophy winners running this offense, but Jarren Williams and Perry seemed to look better today in 1-on-1’s and are continuing to push for the starting spot.
Some of the matchups that stood out to me were: Jeff Thomas beating Al Blades Jr., Dee Wiggins beating DJ Ivey, and Jeremiah Payton beating Christian Williams via Perry passes.
He also connected with Evidence Njoku for a long touchdown while running with the third team.
Jarren Williams dropped a dime to Mark Pope on a deep ball over Nigel Bethel Jr. and also completed a pass to Brian Hightower who went up with Te’Cory Couch and came down with it.
Tate Martell also had a connection with Jeff Thomas, who left practice with an injury but later returned and was stretching with David Feeley.
Tate to JT4 with Bethel in coverage pic.twitter.com/REPWSzoqCy— Gaboowins (@GabyUrrutia22) July 29, 2019
Lou Hedley also left practice early and Nesta Silvera was not even on Greentree today.
On what might have been the first play of the day, RB Deejay Dallas was stripped by DT Pat Bethel and was replaced by Cam’Ron Harris for a majority of practice.
Nigel Bethel Jr. is showing some flashes at corner. Yesterday he almost picked off Martell and today he dropped another would-be interception.
Jahfari Harvey is another guy out there that doesn't look like a freshman. He's constantly in the backfield and looks like a guy this defense is ready to rotate into an extremely deep and talented group of defensive ends.
And for the second day in a row, the Hurricanes did Big Cane drills on “The U.” Notable matchups were: Dee Wiggins vs. Trajan Bandy (looked like a tie), Chigozie Nnoruka (W) vs. Ousman Treore, Tate Martell (W) vs. N’Kosi Perry, and Deejay Dallas vs. Zach McCloud, which looked pretty even as well.
The offensive and defensive line stayed the same, so the offensive line is Zion Nelson, Navaughn Donaldson, Corey Gaynor, DJ Scaife, and Kai Leon-Herbert from left to right. On defense its Jon Garvin, Pat Bethel, Jon Ford, and Scott Patchan from left to right.
Manny Diaz also praised Robert Burns and Lorenzo Lingard after practice saying that Lingard is “really progressing” coming off of his knee injury that kept him out all spring.
Burns, who hasn't been healthy since his sophomore year of high school really, made a couple of impressive runs today and you can see why the offense and Diaz has faith in him. I believe they feel really good about where they stand at running back.