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Miami Hurricanes’ Philip Dorsett not surprised by 4.29 time in 40-yard dash

 

mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com

Dorsett knows he’s fast

When standout receiver Phillip Dorsett put up the fastest 40-yard dash time on the team during offseason testing — an eye-opening 4.29 seconds — the talented junior from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas said the people who were surprised didn’t include himself.

“I kind of knew I was going to run it,” said Dorsett, who ran a 4.39 a year ago. “I kept messing with [conditioning coach Andreu] Swasey, telling him I was going to run it.’’

Dorsett, who also runs track at UM, said he spent a lot of time this offseason working on “lower-body explosion” and converting his speed “to breaking down and helping me run better routes, working on my hands a lot.’’

Offensive coordinator James Coley said it’s nice to have a weapon like Dorsett, who can draw the defense’s attention.

“It’s good when you look out there and see coverage, and they’re going to roll one way or the other way,” Coley said. “The only problem [for us in practice is freshman cornerback] Artie Burns is on him, and sometimes it’s a wash.”

• Three players were in a red noncontact jerseys Tuesday: safety Deon Bush (sports hernia surgery), defensive end Anthony Chickillo (ankle) and running back Corn Elder (hamstring).

Manny Navarro

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