Camp Report: Canes Hold Fourth Two-a-Day of Fall Camp

Camp Report: Canes Hold Fourth Two-a-Day of Fall Camp

Aug. 18, 2011


CORAL GABLES, Fla.– The University of Miami Hurricanes participated in the first of two practices Thursday morning, taking part in the second to last two-a-day session of fall camp on the Greentree Practice Fields.

Practice ran a little shorter than usual, with the team working out for just under two hours. The pace – as it has been every day since the team’s first scrimmage last weekend – was fast and efficient, a continued sign the Canes are aware of just how precious time is with the season-opener now less than three weeks out.

Thursday marks the fourth two-a-day practice session of fall camp for the Canes. Just one more day with multiple practices remains as the team prepares for its season-opener at the University of Maryland on Sept. 5. The final two-a-day session will take place on Saturday, August 20.

Scouts from the Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers were in attendance during Thursday’s morning practice. It was the first time during fall camp that representatives from either Dallas or Pittsburgh have been at Greentree. Since the beginning of fall camp, members from 16 different NFL organizations have attended UMiami practices.

THURSDAY (8/18) – Panthers, Cowboys, Steelers
WEDNESDAY (8/17) – Browns, Patriots, 49ers
TUESDAY (8/16) – Lions, Packers
SATURDAY (8/13) – Colts, Falcons
FRIDAY (8/12) – Saints
THURSDAY (8/11) – Vikings, Raiders
WEDNESDAY (8/10) – Buccaneers
TUESDAY (8/9) – Panthers, Jaguars
MONDAY (8/8) – Chiefs, Panthers, Jaguars

Throughout camp, will highlight some of the best performers in each day’s practice. While there are certainly other players who stood out throughout the course of the session, these student-athletes in particular caught our eye.

QB Spencer Whipple – With Jacory Harris a designated player-coach for the day’s first session, senior QB Spencer Whipple took advantage of his extra snaps. On consecutive plays in 11-on-11 red-zone situations, Whipple hit TE Clive Walford and WR LaRon Byrd with 15-yard touchdown passes.

RB Mike James – All of the running backs looked good in the morning, but Mike James was the most impressive in 11-on-11 scenarios. He burst through an opening up the middle before being wrapped up after an 18-yard gain. Soon after, the junior caught a swing pass and barreled his way through a pair of DB’s for another solid gain.

DE Andrew Smith – Smith was able to slip into the backfield on a number of occasions, but his big play came when he beat the offensive tackle off the end with a speed rush and “sacked” Stephen Morris before he was able to connect with a wide open Allen Hurns.

LB James Gaines – Gaines continues to lead by example as the quarterback of the defense. The Buffalo native diagnosed several run plays immediately and was able to stop the back at the line of scrimmage multiple times. In 11-on-11 action he even hit RB Lamar Miller for a 4-yard loss.

Head Coach Al Golden

Throughout camp, we will revisit some of our favorite Behind the Facemask stories that have been running throughout the summer. Today, we’ll take a look back at Jordan Futch’s story….

“Competition is what I live for. It makes me a better person, a better man. It allows me to grow spiritually, emotionally, and physically.”

Behind the Facemask: Jordan Futch

Shawn Eichorst, Director of Athletics at the University of Miami, issued a statement Thursday morning regarding the recent ongoing NCAA investigation.

“All of my efforts and energy are committed to ensuring the integrity of the NCAA investigation, demanding the full cooperation of our employees and student-athletes and providing unwavering support to our more than 400 plus student-athletes and more than 150 coaches and staff.”

Click here for the complete statement from Eichorst.

Likewise, University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala issued a statement from the University Wednesday afternoon, reaffirming the University’s cooperation with the NCAA in their recent investigation into the Hurricanes athletic program.

“I am in daily communication with our Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Director of Athletics, and counsel, and will continue to work closely with the leaders of our University.”

Click here for the complete statement from Shalala.

The Hurricanes will return to Greentree Practice Fields Thursday afternoon for the second of two practices. This will serve as the fourth two-a-day session of fall camp.

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