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Miami Football Continues Spring Workouts

March 22, 2000

CORAL GABLES, FL — The University of Miami football team continued spring practice this afternoon with a two and a half hour workout in helmets and full pads at the Greentree Practice Facility on the UM campus.

Following pre-practice warm-ups, the team broke off into their respective position groups to work on fundamental drills. After the position workouts, the team went to offensive and defensive drills followed by blocking drills. The practice ended with full-squad eleven-on-eleven scrimmage.

Following practice, head coach Butch Davis spoke about experimenting with Dan Morgan at middle linebacker.

“We moved Dan Morgan to middle linebacker, because he has been our best defensive player for the last three years. He’s a three-year starter, he’s our captain, he’s called every defensive signal in the huddle for us the last couple of years. We’re going to give him a chance to become the most prolific tackler in UM history.”

Davis also talked about the offensive line and the battles for spots.

“We moved Greg Laferre to left guard and Bryant McKinnie to first team left tackle. We told our guys that if you’re one of the best players, we are going to find a place for you and get you in the huddle.”

Later, Davis also spoke about the team’s overall performance, so far this spring.

“We scrimmaged a little bit and put some of the things we’ve been trying to do together. For a first scrimmage the first offense did a very good job. So far, I’ve been encouraged (by the team’s play). I pleased with the way Todd Sievers and Freddie Capshaw are kicking the ball, I think that part of it has been good.”

The Hurricanes will resume practice on Friday, March 24.

The University of Miami coaching staff will also host high school football coaches from around the nation in their annual spring coaching clinic on March 24-25 at the Hecht Athletic Center.

The clinic features meetings with the Hurricane head coach Butch Davis, his coaching staff and several guest speakers, including the Miami Dolphins wide receiver coach Robert Ford. Other events include sessions on off-season conditioning, speed development and studying UM’s football practice methods.

The clinic fee is $40.00 per coach in advance and $50.00 on site. The clinic is open to high school football coaches only.

For more information please call either 1-800-442-2631 or 305-284-2563.