Day 7 of Camp Golden on Greentree continued this morning. The spirit and intensity of the Hurricanes remains high despite weary legs and high temperatures. There’s still a lot of work to be done and coach Al Golden alluded to this fact when he spoke with the media this morning.
* There is still no update to give on the three freshmen awaiting clearance to play from the NCAA. Kevin Grooms, Antonio Kinard, and Corey King remain in limbo.
* WR LaRon Byrd and CB Brandon McGee were in yellow non-contact jerseys. Punter Dalton Botts wore a black jersey for the first time.
* Golden on how revealing the first scrimmage will be: “I think it will be a litmus test for us. We’ll know right away where we’re at and where we need to improve, but we have a long way to go. To be honest, the dog days are going to be next week between the scrimmages. We’ll find out what team we have at that point.”
* The uniform combinations Miami reportedly will use this season are orange/white at home and all white on the road. Golden commented on the uniform combinations for this year. “I don’t think we’re a Combat team this year. As far as colors, I haven’t even talked about it with Bobby or our AD about it yet. I do have a say and we’ll get that tied down for you.”
* Defensive end is a deep and talented position for the Hurricanes. Golden explained how difficult it will be to settle on a pair of starters. ““It’s going to be tough. (Jalen) Grimble has worked at end and (Anthony) Chickillo has started fast. He’s a little banged up right now, got a little neck thing, but he’s really started off fast. Grimble and (Olsen) Pierre can play both end and tackle for us.”
* Golden told the media that practices and scrimmages are closed for preseason preparation. “Yeah, we’re pretty much closed. We’re trying to keep it locked down as much as we can and stay focused,” he said. “Again, we’ve had great access for our fans and alums, opened up multiple practices in the spring. Right now we just need to concentrate. We don’t have time for anything else.”
* As soon as he said that, former DT Warren Sapp walked onto the practice fields. He was met by Golden and Mark D’Onofrio warmly.
* Senior linebacker Sean Spence addressed the media and spoke on freshmen linebackers Gionni Paul, Eddie Johnson, and Denzel Perryman. “They’ve done a tremendous job of getting to the ball, being disruptive, and making plays. They’re young and they’ll make mistakes, but it’s all out effort to get to the ball.”
* Spence also spoke about the intensity of practices. “There’s been a lot of physicality, a lot of hitting going on.”
* He also was asked about the upcoming scrimmage on Sunday. “I’m excited. I just want to get out there and get after the offense and see what we can do as a defense.”
* On making calls for the defense: "I’m very comfortable. I feel like I know the playbook. They guys are looking to me to make the right checks and calls.”
* Spence commented that he thought Golden has done a good job of making fall camp fun. “Yeah, Coach Golden has done a good job of keeping things interesting.”
On the lighter side, WR LaRon Byrd and the receivers did a skit yesterday in a unit-by-unit talent show series. In the skit, Byrd did an impersonation of Strength and Conditioning coach Andreu Swasey. Spence reported that his impersonation was dead on and was “classic.” Apparently, Byrd has all his mannerisms and speech patterns down when Swasey is angry. Spence jokingly declined to give any further details of the talent show, saying that “I can’t say that on camera.”
* The New Orleans Saints were at practice today.
Brandon Odoi contributed to this report