The Hurricanes completed their fourth spring practice session Thursday before being dispersed by coach Al Golden for spring break.
Golden seemed genuinely pleased by the past week, and explained that the reason he always starts spring practice the week going into vacation is, basically, so the players can mentally take home with them what they’ve learned — and let it simmer.
“It’s just the philosophy of it,” he said. “Longer duration. If you can get four installs in before spring break, now you’ve increased the amount of time they’re thinking about football.
“I want them to enjoy their time off, relax, make sure we don’t get too tight — stretch, lift a little bit.”
Practice, open to the public, resumes at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 18. Some of the players, such as track athletes, are staying at UM and continuing to work out.
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• Defensive end
, a 6-7, 280-pound rising senior out of University School by way of Portmore, Jamaica, quit the team and is not expected back. “David Perry is excused right now, and we’ll go from there,” Golden said. Perry played in one game (Savannah State) in 2013 and had two tackles.
• Redshirt freshman quarterbackKevin Olsen
had a good day, hitting receiverRashawn Scott
on several passes in different situations. Golden said he’s getting better and “playing with a lot more confidence.”
• The coach said offensive linemanHunter Knighton
, who was hospitalized a week ago Monday after collapsing following a workout, “is doing well and they’re just being prudent with him. That’s all I can say about that. We’re excited how he’s doing.”
, an early enrollee who is recovering from ACL surgery on his right knee, will return to the team “closer to June than August,” Golden said.
The coach said he’ll play “slot receiver, Z receiver, kick return, punt return, special teams. He did all those things. He played wildcat, too.”
• On the offensive line, guardDanny Isidora
and tackleTaylor Gadbois
were praised by Golden. “Taylor is as gifted as any of our offensive lineman. I think the only one that’s more gifted is probably [tackle]Ereck Flowers
. … For Taylor, it’s time.’’
• Reserve tackleSunny Odogwu
had his best day of practice Thursday, Golden said.
• The defensive players wearing the coveted black jersey: linebackersAlex Figueroa
, safetiesDeon Bush
, defensive tacklesUfomba Kamalu
, cornerbackTracy Howard
and defensive endAl-Quadin Muhammad
. Pierre walked gingerly off the practice field and into a building midway through the session, escorted by head trainerVinny Scavo
• Scavo was honored Thursday at the end of practice by being tapped into the prestigious Iron Arrow Honor Society. Based on Seminole Indian tradition, Iron Arrow recognizes those who exemplify love of alma mater, character, leadership, scholarship and humility. Also tapped into the Iron Arrow Society on Thursday was baseball playerJavi Salas
, who pitched a perfect game Tuesday.
• Golden said freshman middle linebackerJuwon Young
, a hefty 6-2 and 240 pounds, “needs to spend more time studying football, which is not uncommon in his situation. [He’s] physical, can run, can strike, just gotta keep studying it so he can play faster.”