"We can't bring in the freshman early anymore, so everyone comes in at the same time. But today we focus on the freshmen," said Coker. "They get moved in and then have lunch with President (Donna) Shalala on their first day. It's kind of a special time for them, but it's also a huge transition for them to be away from home. And tomorrow practice starts."
A total of 19 players who signed with the Hurricanes in February reported in the morning and will spend much of this week going through student-athlete orientation. Practices for the entire team begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greentree Practice Fields on the UM campus. All practices are open to the public from Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 20.
Football Media Day will be held Friday. Miami begins the 2004 football season on Labor Day night Sept. 6 vs. Florida State at the Orange Bowl in front of a nationally televised audience.
The following 19 newcomers reported today:
Name Pos Ht. Wt. Hometown
Rhyan Anderson DL 6-6 245 Oak Creek, Wis.
Carlos Armour DB 6-3 200 Memphis, Tenn.
James Bryant LB 6-3 240 Reading, Pa.
Tyrone Byrd OL 6-6 260 Sugar Land, Texas
Calais Campbell TE 6-7 230 Denver, Colo.
Romeo Davis LB 6-3 215 Miami
Dwayne Hendricks DL 6-4 246 Millville, NJ
Andrew Johnson RB 6-0 205 Pittsburgh, Pa.
Charlie Jones RB 5-11 200 Homestead, Fla.
Khalil Jones WR 6-3 206 Miami
Rashaun Jones DB 6-2 185 Lake City, Fla.
Lance Leggett WR 6-4 178 Arlington, Texas
Lovon Ponder DB 6-1 190 Miami
Anthony Reddick DB 6-1 190 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Chris Rutledge OL 6-6 270 Miami
Derron Thomas RB 6-0 185 Reserve, La.
George Timmons DB 6-2 190 Lake City, Fla.
Willie Williams LB 6-2 225 Miami
Chris Zellner DL 6-2 225 Sarasota, Fla.
AUGUST PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Open to the public and media
Tuesday, August 10 Practice at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 11 Practice at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 12 Practice at 3:30 p.m.
Friday, August 13 Media Day from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; practice at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 14 Practice at 3:30 p.m. (first practice in full pads)
Sunday, August 15 Practice at 3:30 p.m.
Monday, August 16 Practices at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 17 Practice at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 18 Practices at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 19 Practice at 3:30 p.m.
Friday, August 20 Practices at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Closed to the public - media only (first 30 minutes and last 15 minutes)
Saturday, August 21 Practice at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 22 No practice
Monday, August 23 Practices at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 24 Practice at 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 25 First day of classes, players off
Thursday, August 26 Practice at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 28 Practice at 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, August 29 Practice at 3:30 p.m.
Monday, August 30 Practice at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 31 Practice at 3:30 p.m.
The August 27 practice at the Orange Bowl is closed to the media.