After having the day off on Tuesday, the Hurricanes were back on the practice field Wednesday. Jake Heaps practiced, so we can put the injury talk to rest. Here’s a full update on Wednesday’s practice.
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Miami Hurricanes held a two-a-day session of #CanesCamp on the Greentree Practice Fields Wednesday.
The two-a-day session was Miami’s first action since Monday’s scrimmage and second day of practice this week. Head coach Al Golden felt the staff learned a lot about the 2014 Hurricanes during the final scrimmage of camp.
“Well No. 1, we stayed healthy,” Golden said. “I think that’s important. It was crisp. Was it perfect? No. I think we learned a lot about a lot of different players. I think we played 32 [players] on defense and a little bit more than that on offense with the wideout and tight end position. So we learned a lot about our guys. It was a good run. Had a good day yesterday catching up on the film and gave them last night off. I thought we got two good ones in today. We have no more scrimmages, but camp is still pretty much full-swing right now.”
Quarterbacks Brad Kaaya and Ryan Williams impressed in the 7-on-7 period. Kaaya connected with tight end Clive Walford for a 20-yard gain and found receiver Malcolm Lewis twice for gains of over 20 yards.
Williams also found receiver Phillip Dorsett 30 yards downfield and the senior wideout took the ball 40 more yards into the end zone for a touchdown.
Senior quarterback Jake Heaps was back in action Wednesday after not participating in Monday’s scrimmage to rest his arm. But Heaps impressed offensive coordinator James Coley on Wednesday.
“He’s great,” Coley said. “Today he threw some really nice balls. He was a little sore the other day, so better safe than sorry. He’s played a lot of football and we felt we’d hold him off the scrimmage, don’t let him aggravate it. He came out here today and threw some darts out there, so, I’m not worried about it all. He’s throwing right now. Look at him. Turn the cameras around. There he is.”
The defense also was involved as several passes were broken up and sophomore cornerback Corn Elder had an interception. Elder, who is in the mix for significant playing time at corner, joined Artie Burns and Anthony Chickillo as the only players who were in black jerseys on Wednesday afternoon. Defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio said that was a reflection of their strong play in Monday’s scrimmage.
“As far as a black jersey it’s did you do your job, and did you finish every play,” D’Onofrio said. “At the end of the day, it’s a hard thing to get.”
“Artie had a really strong performance,” D’Onofrio said. “Competed like crazy and made a lot of plays. Corn, excellent. Was a playmaker in the scrimmage. Made a lot of plays, technique was good, played really hard.”
“[Chickillo] Keeps doing a really good job,” D’Onofrio said. “Made a lot of plays. Really doing an unbelievable job of doing his job every play, and he’s making more plays than ever.”
With other students moving in to the dorms and preparing for orientation this week, Golden will look to the leaders on the Hurricanes to keep the team focused as they look to finish #CanesCamp strong.
“It’s a challenge, there’s no question,” Golden said of maintaining focus. “Do we want them to stray right now? No. We put too much effort into this. What we need is great leadership right now and we’ve got to use our experience. I keep saying, ‘What did we learn from last year?’ I hope experience is one of those things. This is when we need our leaders to step up and say, ‘We just have put too much into it to start screwing around 10 days out or 12 days out or wherever we are.’ No doubt about it, distractions increase as the game gets close and, man, we really have to bunker down and learn from last year and I hope our leadership can help us with that.”
The Canes will return to Greentree Thursday for an afternoon practice at 3:20 p.m. For the latest information on Miami Hurricanes Football, follow @MiamiHurricanes on Twitter.