Posted by Chip Patterson
Miami head coach Al Golden made it clear early on that he planned to increase the tempo of practice. Players told horror stories from the new offseason conditioning program, and many around Coral Gables have noticned a difference since the Hurricanes began spring practice. Miami played their first of three spring scrimmages on Saturday, and on Tuesday Golden voiced some complaints about his team's conditioning.
“We don’t play at the type of tempo we need to play at and clearly not the energy I’m looking for on either sideline – too much of a survival mode,” Golden told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “That’s a challenge for the team this week: Can we prepare? Can we play with Miami toughness? And will we start to play with energy and passion? We’re not playing with the passion we need, and that’s not going to come until we get in condition.”
Golden has made conditioning a big part of where players have been falling in the ever-changing depth chart this spring. Each position was considered "open" at the beginining of spring practice and the hope is that the competition will bring out the best in each player. The focus on speeding up practice was one of his first goals since watching the Hurricanes prepare for their eventual 33-17 Sun Bowl loss to against Notre Dame.