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Stacy Coley continues to light it up in practice, catching three TDs from Stephen Morris on Sunday

   We don't see much of practice, and Sunday we saw barely anything, but it's quite obvious by talking to Hurricanes players and coaches that freshman wide receiver Stacy Coley has had an excellent camp.

I'm sure coaches don't want to heap too much praise on him, but he keeps delivering, according to fellow Canes.

UM reported in its Friday scrimmage recap (the scrimmage was closed to most of the public and media) that the 6-1, 180-pound Coley, a four-star player out of Oakland Park Northeast High, caught two touchdowns from backup quarterback Ryan Williams.

Williams told us Sunday that one of the scrimmage TDs was "30 or 40 yards'' and the other was 10 yards.

"It's just good that he's finally picking up the offense and knowing where he's supposed to be and not having to rely on the quarterback to tell him what he has every play,'' Williams said. "He's been studying so hard that he can go out there and play as fast as he can and just make plays.''

On Sunday, UM reported that Coley caught three touchdowns from Stephen Morris.

"On the third touchdown, freshman linebacker Alex Figueroa tipped Morris' pass, but Coley caught the deflection in stride for the score,'' the UM report stated.

It will be interesting to see if Coley's practice success translates to the field. I remember covering Sam Shields his freshman camp, and he was equally impressive. But he struggled and dropped passes when the season came around.

 *** Ryan Williams is always so serious speaking to the media, but Sunday he made us laugh. When asked if he knows any players from FAU and if he liked opening against a local team, Williams said, "It's good. We had that rivalry a couple years ago that didn't end very well in that game. I mean, er... FIU. But FAU... same thing. Close enough.

    "Just a local team. We need our bragging rights. We play a lot of in-state teams and I guess we're going to try to win them all.''

*** Defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said UM made "significant improvement'' during Friday's scrimmage in tackling, finishing -- "how hard and how physical we play'' and improved on run defense, red zone and on third down.

--SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

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