Tag:Spring Scrimmage
Posted on: April 15, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2011 3:11 pm

Miami expecting over 300 alumni at spring game

Posted by Chip Patterson

Al Golden has been in college football for over 21 years as a player and coach, but the greatest support he will have on Saturday will be from a program that he has only been a part of for less than four months.  Golden has made a point to reach out to Miami's long and impressive list of former players and coaches since he was introduced as the next Hurricanes coach in December.  That alumni group plans to show their support of Golden and the 2011 Hurricanes at Saturday's spring game in Fort Lauderdale.

Golden told reporters that they are expecting over 300 alumni at the event on Saturday, highlighted by the reunion of the 2001 National Championship team. Ken Dorsey, Phillip Buchanon, Antrel Rolle, Brett Romberg, Bryant McKinnie and Willis McGahee and many more notables are all expected to be in attendnace. The players in from the 2001 squad are scheduled to eat dinner with the current Canes on Friday night before the game.  After wrapping up their final practice on Thursday, Golden was asked if his players felt extra pressure with so many alumni coming in town for the weekend.

"There's pressure?" Golden responded.  "I hope for their sake that they understand there are over 300 players back, and it's clearly a who's who. I hope our guys are excited about that and they don't feel pressure, but they feel grateful to be a part of that lineage.

"I've never seen it. I've been in college football for 21 years as a player and coach and I've never seen 300 football alumni anywhere that would come back for a spring game."

There are several aspects to Saturday's game that have drawn extra attention.  The teams for the Green-Orange game were picked by two Miami alums who won the responsibility in a charity auction.  They met with the coaching staff earlier this week to draft each squad.  The team has reportedly embraced the playground-style competition, already cheering and jeering each other through practice.

For the full video of Coach Al Golden speaking to reporters after Thursday's practice, Click here [via Canes All-Access]
Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:02 am

Golden wants Miami to be better conditioned

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.  

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