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March 30, 1999

CORAL GABLES, Fla. –The University of Miami football team continuedspring practice with a two and a half hour workout in full pads Tuesdayafternoon at the Greentree Practice Facility on the UM campus.

Following pre-practice warm-ups,the team split into offensive anddefensive units to work on various drills for the first hour finishingupwith 11-on-11 scrimmaging. The middle of practice consisted ofspecialteams punt and kick coverage exercises. To close out practicethe offenseand defense scrimmaged short yardage situations.

“We’re basically about half-waythrough spring practice and if youwere to give a mid-term grade on some of our experimentation I thinkyouwould have to say that the move of Mondriel Fulcher and Robert Williams(tofullback) has been a very positive one,” said Head Coach Butch Davis.

“Those guys are continuing to do some very good things. Theystill havesome areas that they need to work on to become accomplished fullbacks.”

Coach Davis later commentedon the progression of Kenny Kelly as theHurricanes starting quarterback.

“I thought that Kenny Kellyhad by far and away his best practice ofthe entire spring today. He had a lot more poise and patiencewith lettingthings develop. His completion percentage today was considerablybetter andhe made real good decisions with the football.”

Also attracting Coach Davis’attention was the performance of theHurricanes defensive tackles.

“One thing, defensively,that has become very evident is thestrength, size and the weight room stuff that we’ve been doing forthe lastyear is really starting to show. We are a lot more physical atthe point ofattack then we’ve been in previous spring practices. DamioneLewis had anoutstanding practice today. He is becoming a real force inside.MattSweeney, William Joseph and some of the other guys on the inside arereallybattling and doing some good things.”

Miami continues with a closedspring practice on Wednesday, March 31at 3 p.m. at the Greentree Practice Facility. The Hurricaneswill continuewith practice through Thursday, before taking April 2-5 off.For moreinformation contact the UM Sports Information office at (305) 284-3244.ForHurricane ticket information, please call 1-800-GO CANES or (305) 284-CANESin Dade County.