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Friday Spring Practice Report

March 30, 2004

Hurricane Headquarters

Coral Gables, Fla. ( – In spite of unusually windy weather, it was a productive work day for the Miami Hurricanes football team which completed its third day of spring practice Friday afternoon at Greentree Practice Field on the University of Miami campus. The Hurricanes will continue spring practice Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Greentree.

Head Football Coach Larry Coker was impressed with the tempo of Friday’s practice and praised the team for its work on both sides of the ball. But Coker was especially pleased with the performance of the Hurricanes defense, particularly the play of the linebackers.

“Our defense is really flying around the football,” an exuberant Coker said at the conclusion of Friday’s workout. “We make some mistakes but, defensively, we are really progressing. Our offensive intensity isn’t what I want it to be, but we are making progress. We’ll learn a lot more tomorrow.”

The Hurricanes worked out in shorts and shoulder pads on Friday and will have their first full pads session on Saturday morning, a workout that is expected to include the first scrimmaging of the spring. That scrimmaging will consist of eight plays of work for each of the first three units at the conclusion of Saturday’s practice, but will not be a full-scale scrimmage. Friday’s practice was the third of 15 sessions that will conclude on Thursday, April 10.

All spring practices are closed to the public with the exception of the Friday, April 2, workout at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale and the Spring Game slated for Saturday, April 17, at the Orange Bowl.