A 2001 national champion Hurricane visited UM on Sunday with his wife, two sons and four daughters. Daryl Jones, the speedy, spark plug of a receiver who lined up opposite Andre Johnson in the Rose Bowl, is now a youth pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas.
Jones said it was the first time he had seen the Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence and toured the new locker room. “I love the facilities,” Jones said. “I think we’re on the right track with that, even competing nationally in that regard. I like the direction Al Golden is taking the program — his principles and the mind-set he’s trying to instill.”
Jones said he keeps in touch regularly with former teammates Ed Reed, Santana Moss and Reggie Wayne.• UM had its first day off Tuesday.
• Offensive coordinator James Coley agreed with Golden that it will be tough to narrow the quarterback competition to two front-runners after Wednesday’s scrimmage.
Coley said there are nine days of play installation to help prepare the quarterbacks for the season. He said each day has 30 to 35 plays that are installed, and each of the quarterbacks must get to know them, even if the plays are not particularly designed for an individual’s strengths.
“We put the base out there so during the season we can pull out, ‘Hey, here’s a play we ran Day 5 in camp,’’ Coley said. “… And then you can show them working the different concepts.’’