University of Miami

Hurricanes defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio says competition in camp is tough

Defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio said Wednesday that he had 34 players compete at the last scrimmage and is still trying to “whittle it down” to “a two-deep.”

“We’ll just keep trying to figure it out,” he said, towing the company line of being vague.

D’Onofrio said the safeties have provided a good battle during camp, with seniors Deon Bush and Dallas Crawford, junior Jamal Carter and freshman Jaquan Johnson vying to start.

“I really like the leadership we’re getting at that position, particularly with Dallas,” D’Onofrio said. “It’s been a real good competition.”

UM coach Al Golden last week called Carter “a bulldog” and said he was “relentless” during camp. Bush, with 11 starts in 13 games, is expected to be one of the starters.

D’Onofrio said he favored the current approach of not listing a depth chart, and was fine with not having first-team players wear formerly coveted black jerseys during practice.