Three practices into fall camp is hardly enough time for Al Golden to make a determination on which freshmen will actually make an impact this coming season. But so far, it's safe to say cornerback Artie Burns, receiver Stacy Coley and defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad have shown flashes that have caught Golden's eye.
"The first battle as a freshman is to come in shape. The second battle is to know your stuff and clearly those two (Burns and Coley) have made progress," Golden said. "They aren't where they need to be yet, but there's a little poise about Artie Burns. You coach him everyday and he looks you right in the eye. He's not too high, not too low and he's ready to move on."
Golden said Burns, a 6-1, 190-pound former standout at Miami Northwestern, and Coley, a 6-1, 180-pound standout from Oakland Park Northeast, have risen to the challenge everyday in practice.
As for Muhammad, a 6-3, 230-pound standout from New Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep, Golden complimented him by calling him "twitchy."
"When somebody is explosive or somebody is sudden, you can feel it," Golden said. "Sometimes you can see it on the film. But when you get to this level, when you have a lot of guys that have twitch, sometimes you just see there is a little difference in one guy. I think Quan is a very explosive young man. He has to understand the system, get bigger and stronger and all that. But he has twitch.
"He can go from a standing position to five, seven, 10 yards in a very short period of time. The guys that can do that irrespective of their body size have a chance to continue improve and grow and be a difference maker."
Golden also mentioned receiver Corn Elder (out with a hamstring injury), bruising running back Gus Edwards (6-2, 225) and offensive tackle Alex Gall (6-5, 304) as other freshmen standouts.
> If you haven't heard by now, receiver Phillip Dorsett (5-9, 179) put up the fastest 40-time on the team during off-season testing, posting an eye-opening 4.29 seconds. Dorsett ran a 4.39 a year ago.
"I kind of knew I was going to run it," Dorsett said of his blazing time. "I kept messing with [conditioning coach Andrew] Swasey telling him I was going to run it. I wasn't really shocked, just more relieved I put up a legit time like that."
Dorsett, who runs track, said he spent a lot of time this off-season working on "lower body explosion" and converting his speed "to breaking down and helping me run better routes, working on my hands a lot."
"I feel like I'm a lot better receiver," Dorsett said. "I can't wait to go out there and show it."
OTHER NOTES FROM TUESDAY
> Three players were in a red non-contact jersey Tuesday: safety Deon Bush (sports hernia surgery), defensive end Anthony Chickillo (ankle) and receiver Corn Elder (hamstring). Golden said Chickillo was moving better before practice and would likely get integrated more into practice on Wednesday.
> Freshman offensive lineman Sunny Odogwu spent his second straight day in a yellow limited-contact jersey.
> Quarterback Stephen Morris said he watched film and worked on his footwork this off-season with former Hurricanes quarterback Steve Walsh.
**** The following notes are from UM's sports information department following practice ****
## During stretching, the team listed to a Michael Irvin speech before the tones of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby” filled the air at the Greentree.
## The offense dominated early, winning 10-2 in first 11-on-11 drill, winning the WR vs DB drill and the red zone skeleton.
## Following the three straight losses, junior LB Denzel Perryman called the defense together and spoke about the importance of accountability. He emphasized, focus, communication and execution. Senior LB Jimmy Gaines also spoke about the keys to defensive success in the huddle.
## The defense rallied to win the next 11-on-11 drill, despite senior QB Stephen Morris connecting with sophomore RB Duke Johnson on a wheel route for a TD and TD runs from running backs Dallas Crawford and Danny Dillard.
## The two units tied in the next 11-on-11 drill with senior DB AJ Highsmith recovering a Duke Johnson fumble. Johnson rebounded in the 2-minute drill, scoring a TD on the first play with a long run up the middle. But the defense won the 2-minute drill, with freshman LB Alex Figueroa picking up a tackle for loss to help seal the victory.