Miami Hurricanes DC Mark D’Onofrio calls Thurston Armbrister “most versatile player”

08/21/2014 12:00 AM

09/08/2014 8:09 PM

Hurricanes defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio said strong-side linebacker Thurston Armbrister has been his "most versatile player" since practice began.

"Thurston’s had a great camp," D’Onofrio said Wednesday. "He’s played all three linebacker positions. He’s rushed the passer for us on third down and done a great job. He’s had a consistent camp in all phases.”

Armbrister, a 6-3, 235-pound senior out of Hollywood Hills High, played in every game last season, making six starts and recording 33 tackles, five tackles-for-loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery. In UM’s scrimmage Monday, Armbrister returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown.

"I just recognized the set, knew I had the weak seam, read the quarterback, caught the ball and made the play," Armbrister said. "It felt good. It’s what I do. It has happened in practice before. I just take the practice and relay it to the scrimmage and games."

• D’Onofrio also praised 5-9, 193-pound Nantambu-Akil Fentress, who was recently switched to weak-side linebacker from defensive back.

"I love him. He’s awesome," the coach said. "He just does whatever you tell him; he does it 100 miles an hour and he has great instincts and toughness. A lot to like. Smart, tough, instinctive, loves the game. … That’s what you get."

• The Canes had a two-a-day session Wednesday but return to just one morning practice Thursday.

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