During his press conference with reporters before leaving for Albany and their NCAA Tournament game on Friday Miami Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga provided an update on forward Norchad Omier. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald summarized spring practice for the football team and previewed the NCAA Tournament.
On Wednesday night, the Miami Hurricanes baseball team rallied from deficits twice before scoring four runs in the ninth inning to win 7-3 at Florida International. A Jacoby Long two-run home run in the ninth extended the Miami lead and provided the winning margin. Miami hosts Virginia Tech this weekend.
Larranaga stated on Wednesday ahead of playing Drake on Friday that Omier can stretch and shoot. On Thursday the Miami medical staff will determine if Omier can jump and run. Miami does not play until 7:25 PM ET on Friday night which gives the staff a good portion of Friday to continue treating Omier.
Jackson quoted Duke head coach emeritus Mike Krzyzewski, from his Sirius XM show. Coach K stated Miami would be his dark horse if Omier is healthy, that Jordan Miller is an NBA player and praised Larranaga. Jackson also delved into the Miami football program and how spring practice has evolved after one week.
Miami is on spring break this week before they return to practice on Tuesday. Jackson wrote a thorough analysis of the entire Miami defense. With multiple starters and key backups out with injuries at least early in spring several newcomers and backups have the chance to earn first-team snaps
Defensive tackle transfers Branson Deen from Purdue and Thomas Gore from Georgia State are mixing in with several freshmen on the line. Linebacker Francisco Mauigoa has quickly asserted himself as a projected starter. Jackson also mentioned to expect new defensive coordinator Lance Guidry to frequently disguise coverages.
Former defensive coordinator Kevin Steele frequently used a vanilla base defense last season. The hope per Jackson is that the creativity of Guidry can elevate an average cornerback group. Miami has to replace D.J. Ivey and Tyrique Stevenson who performed very well at the combine at CB.