Eye of the Hurricane

March 10, 2010

Are you ready for some football?

Senior cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke waits on the sideline before the Champs Sports Bowl.In case University of Miami fans got sidetracked by baseball’s 19-2 victory over Central Florida Tuesday night in Orlando (that’s almost as many points as the football team scored back in October), head football coach Randy Shannon spoke to the media following Wednesday’s practice.

Shannon talked about the team’s status before its open scrimmage on Thursday night at Lockhart Stadium:

  • Both quarterbacks – sophomore A.J. Highsmith and freshman Stephen Morris – will see equal snaps and rotate. According to Shannon, they look “pretty good, pretty decent. Practice is practice. They get better in scrimmages. Thursday you can tell for yourself.”
  • Senior DeMarcus Van Dyke has seen his interception total improve during practices and the first scrimmage. “He’s doing alright, he’s doing better,” Shannon said. “He’s playing with a little bit more intensity and he’s been there before like a veteran guy. He’s been doing a great job of doing that in practice and the more he takes that upon himself to get better we’ll get better as a defense.”
  • Shannon said that both sophomore defensive lineman Curtis Porter and junior defensive lineman Micanor Regis need to get more work in and that the “offseason is going to be big for them.”
  • Reports indicate that five-star safety and track athlete Latwan Anderson committed to Miami on a track scholarship. Shannon said that there weren’t anymore football scholarships left.

Here’s a parting thought from Shannon on what Thursday’s scrimmage means:

“[It’s] Just to get better off of last week’s scrimmage. Cut down on the mental mistakes, missed tackles, receivers catching the ball, just improvement. That’s the only thing you can want from a scrimmage is that each week you improve and don’t go backward.”

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