Day six of #CanesCamp and the intensity reached a new level Wednesday as the Miami Hurricanes endured their first two-a-days practice at the Greentree Practice Fields.
The morning session featured full pads and lasted a little more than two hours, while the afternoon session – helmets and no pads – lasted one hour and 45 minutes.
Second-year head coach Al Golden didn’t expect his team’s intensity to fall off between the morning and afternoon sessions for the first two-a-days practice.
“They know the morning is run emphasis, and the afternoon is a lot of third down and pass (skeletons), things of that nature,” Golden said during Wednesday’s pre-practice media availability. “You gotta bring the intensity in the afternoon. So that’ll be really critical for our leadership to make sure that happens.
"There really aren’t two-a-days anymore,” Golden said. “We used to do three weeks of them in a row (when I played). We’ll do only four or five total.”
Redshirt senior LB Ramon Buchanan served as the player/coach during the morning session. However, it was the offense that made noise in full pads. Redshirt sophomore TE Clive Walford had two impressive catches – the first was a spectacular toe-tapping grab along the sideline for a sizeable gain and the second was a 15-yard pass down the sideline from Stephen Morris.
Midway through the morning session and after a nice play by the offense, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch couldn’t hold back his excitement, yelling “that’s pretty, that’s pretty”.
The big defensive play of the morning came from senior DB Brandon McGee, who made a solid pass break-up with a diving deflection.
Four hours later, Wednesday’s second practice commenced with the Hurricanes donning only helmets, tops and shorts. Redshirt junior DL Shayon Green was the Canes’ player/coach during the afternoon practice.
The defense stepped up in the afternoon, applying pressure on QBs Morris and Ryan Williams. Redshirt sophomore DB Ladarius Gunter provided a pair of pass break-ups and redshirt senior DB Vaughn Telemaque picked off a Morris pass. On the offensive side, redshirt senior WR Kendal Thompkins has a 13-yard TD catch from Morris and freshman RB Duke Johnson added a 15-yard TD run.
#CanesCamp continues Thursday with the Hurricanes’ eighth practice of the fall. Practice is set for 8:20 a.m. at the Greentree Practice Fields.
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