Gary Ferman's mailbag: Post Spring Practice questions and answers

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Good Morning Canesport 4.15.24 Miami Hurricanes News of the Day

With Miami’s spring practice now over, CaneSport publisher Gary Ferman answers all your questions:



CaneSport has you covered with full Miami Hurricanes spring practice coverage. In case you’ve missed it, here’s our list of stories so far:


OPINION: Miami Hurricanes are improved, have culture of competitiveness, and it all showed out this spring

QB Cam Ward lights up Miami Spring Game with 324 yards, 3 TDs and no turnovers, with big plays from Restrepo, Kirk, Horton & more

Miami coach Mario Cristobal shares take off Hurricanes Spring Game: “This is a team that’s progressing” … And says portal can help more

Miami Hurricanes team talk after Spring Game, including QB Cam Ward’s take: “I think you’ll see a different Hurricanes team this fall”

Photo Gallery: Miami Hurricanes Spring Game


Miami Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal weighs in on transfers, spring game Thurs., says he’s “really fired up about the way spring has gone”

Miami QB Cam Ward shares Thursday take, says fans will see him play with an edge, excited about potential of this Hurricanes team

Miami Hurricanes OL Tommy Kinsler working at guard and tackle, eyeing improvement and competing for major reps


Miami OL Samson Okunlola on Thursday: Feeling good off torn MCL – “I’m faster, I’m quicker, my knees feel good, my hands feel stronger”

Miami OT Markel Bell on Thurs.: Getting used to the scenery change, working on getting his massive 6-9, 345-pound frame moving faster

Miami Hurricanes LB Cam Pruitt has added 20 pounds of muscle: “I don’t care who you are – I’m still going to hit you”

Miami freshman S Zaquan Patterson: I’m comfortable going into a game right now, says Guidry’s D is “becoming more natural for me”

Miami Hurricanes DE Cole McConathy poised for imediate impact, talks progress


Closed scrimmage


Miami coach Mario Cristobal shares take on team progress with Rueben Bain back off injury, says Poffenbarger and Williams “on heels” of Ward

Miami Hurricanes WR JoJo Trader shares Thursday take: “When The U is back it’s just a good place to be”

Miami CB Damari Brown getting back healthy, praises Cam Ward, ready to face his brother when Hurricanes play Florida State

Miami Hurricanes WR Ray Ray Joseph learning from Restrepo film, has packed on over 15 pounds of muscle since last season

Miami Hurricanes DB Robert Stafford: Facing Cam Ward in practice every day is “basically playing an NFL quarterback”


Miami DL Akheem Mesidor, off surgery on both feet, waiting on special adidas cleats: “Feet just weren’t doing well with any regular shoe”

Miami TE Elija Lofton poised for big freshman season moving around at multiple spots on the offense … think a mini Deebo Samuel-type player

Riley Williams says there was frustration last year with lack of Miami TE production but that “this year we’re going to prove a point”

Cam McCormick discusses unprecedented 9th year of eligibility, sees big things coming for Miami TE room: “Going to be a lot of success”

News and notes from Miami Hurricanes practice

VIDEO: Miami Hurricanes at work in team’s spring practice session


Closed to media


Miami Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal on Thurs.: Message is “playing time doesn’t discriminate,” and young guys are stepping up

Miami Hurricanes WR Jacolby George learning from past mistakes, working to gain trust of coaches and teammates

Miami WR Isaiah Horton looking for breakout season: “I want my coaches to be able to trust me”

Hurricanes S Savion Riley drawn to Miami’s history of playmaking safeties, ready to do his part for Lance Guidry’s defense

News and notes from Miami Hurricanes’ March 28 practice

VIDEO: Miami Hurricanes at work in team’s eighth spring practice session


Miami coach Alex Mirabal after practice: We have 8 or 9 guys on OL we trust to get job done, crosstraining ongoing at different positions

Miami Hurricanes LB Francisco Mauigoa updates injury status, says Cam Ward “has the talent to take this team all the way”

Miami LB Raul Aguirre, Jr. sees Hurricanes getting back to where games are easier than practices

Miami Hurricanes P Dylan Joyce working hard to master new technique in order to have better hang time, longer punts

News and notes from Miami Hurricanes’ Tuesday practice

VIDEO: Miami Hurricanes at work in team’s seventh spring practice session


Closed to media


Miami Hurricanes defensive line coach Jason Taylor shares Thursday thoughts, wants to see sustained effort from start to end of practices

Miami Hurricanes linebackers coach Derek Nicholson sees big strides from Bissainthe, young players like Aguirre, Pruitt flashing

Miami’s new guy at center is opposite end of the spectrum from the brash Matt Lee: Meet softspoken Indiana transfer Zach Carpenter

With Kam Kinchens and James Williams gone, Jaden Harris could be next guy up for Miami at safety … he’s packed on 10 pounds since season

News and notes from the practice field

VIDEO: Miami Hurricanes at work in team’s fifth spring practice session


Miami coach Mario Cristobal addresses Parrish departure, updates Fletcher injury timeline, Robby Washington position change & more

Transfer DT arrival Marley Cook already in Miami record books, plans to give program “everything I’ve got”

After arriving from NC State, Hurricanes DT CJ Clark sees a Miami team that has the desire to be great and wants to play his part

Hurricanes DT Jared Harrison-Hunte eyeing breakout season, sees depth and talent on Miami’s line

Miami DL Elijah Alston making smooth transition with coordinator he already played under, sees opportunity and plans to take advantage of it

Miami Hurricanes RB Henry Parrish to transfer; source indicates potential destination and reason

VIDEO: Miami Hurricanes at work in team’s fourth spring practice session


Miami Hurricanes defensive coordinator Lance Guidry sees work to do but pleased with progress … praises growth of Bissainthe, Harris and others

News and notes from Miami Hurricanes’ third spring practice session

VIDEO: Miami Hurricanes at work in team’s third spring practice session

Miami Hurricanes DB Mishael Powell looking to make big immediate impact, calls Cam Ward “best quarterback in the country”

Oven mitts or not, Miami DB Jadais Richard making strides after losing weight and getting faster: “Big improvement for me”

Miami PK Andy Borregales: I want to join Jose as first brothers to win Lou Groza Award


Miami Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal praises Cam Ward, QB room, sees progress being made with pads going on today at practice

Miami OC Shannon Dawson sees Cam Ward’s potential as bigtime playmaker, says QB’s fumbling issues of the past were “focus” issue

Miami Hurricanes WR Xavier Restrepo: Chemistry with QBs is on point, team bond much better this year

Miami Hurricanes OL Anez Cooper has reshaped his body, losing almost 20 pounds: “My pass set is way faster”

Miami Hurricanes CB Daryl Porter, Jr. a holdover with four starters in secondary gone: “I can’t sleep at night when people catch the ball on me”

News and notes from Miami Hurricanes’ second spring practice session

VIDEO: Miami Hurricanes at work in team’s second spring practice session


Mario Cristobal after Spring Practice 1 breaks down injured players that will miss time, likes what he is seeing from Cam Ward and the QBs

Miami Hurricanes DL Rueben Bain’s added 8 pounds of muscle, lost 4 percent body fat; has high praise for “chirpy” Cam Ward

News and notes from Miami Hurricanes’ opening spring practice

VIDEO: Miami Hurricanes get to work at first spring practice

Miami Hurricanes TE Elijah Arroyo back healthy in spring practice No. 1 and excited about team’s potential: “Culture is completely different”

VIDEO: QB Cam Ward in action at Miami’s opening spring practice

Miami spring football is here … your roster number/newcomer changes noted

Miami LB Wesley Bissainthe focused on making impactful plays, says this year’s Hurricanes “feels different from the past teams”

Miami Hurricanes OL Jalen Rivers impressed by QB Cam Ward, sees “shuffling” line with a lot of potential

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