Posted: 11:36 am Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
By Matt Porter
CORAL GABLES – The nasty came out at Saturday’s spring practice at Greentree. In this video we give you a taste of practice, including a defensive back vs. wide receiver tackling drill that ends with a punch thrown, and the big boys battling in the trenches.
Plus, hear what quarterback Ryan Williams thinks of this year’s Canes defense compared to last year’s.
This is part I of Saturday’s practice highlights. Part II, which will focus on the offense and some (pretty hilarious) punt-catching drills, coming Monday morning.
News and notes from Saturday’s practice:
* Wide receiver Herb Waters was a full participant in practice for the first time this spring. Waters has a right knee injury. “He looked good,” coach Al Golden said. “Now we’ve got to get Malcolm [Lewis] and Clive [Walford] caught up.” Lewis, a receiver, has been limited because of an unknown ailment. Walford, a tight end, on Saturday wore a brace on his left knee. He has yet to practice this spring. Other players who remain out: running backs Duke Johnson and Joseph Yearby, center Shane McDermott, receiver Braxton Berrios and safety Rayshawn Jenkins.
* Cornerbacks Corn Elder and Nate Dortch, both of whom are recovering from offseason knee surgeries, were limited participants.
* Defensive tackle Olsen Pierre missed his second consecutive practice. Pierre, who limped off during Tuesday’s session, apparently does not have a serious injury. “He should be back next week,” Golden said.
* Strong-side linebacker Thurston Armbrister was in a black jersey for the first time this spring. Black jerseys denote defensive team leaders. The rest of the black-jersey crew remained the same: middle linebacker Denzel Perryman, strong-side linebacker Alex Figueroa, weak-side linebacker Raphael Kirby, safety Jamal Carter and cornerback Tracy Howard.
* In orange jerseys, denoting offensive team leaders: left tackle Ereck Flowers, left guard Jonathan Feliciano, right guard Danny Isidora, kicker Matt Goudis, wide receivers Stacy Coley and D’Mauri Jones.
* During kicking drills, the ultra-versatile Dallas Crawford functioned as the holder for Goudis. Crawford, who led UM in rushing touchdowns last season, is this spring switching to safety, the position at which he was recruited. He played quarterback at South Fort Myers High.
* Goudis practiced as the first-team punter, ahead of senior Ricky Carroll. The first-unit punt protectors were Alex Gall, Sean Harvey and Jelani Hamilton. The second unit: Stan Dobard, Hunter Wells and Isidora.