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Fast and faster... Strong and stronger... Canes' speed & strength numbers improving this summer

It's the heart of the summer, but the Miami Hurricanes are still out there running and jumping and pulling and sweating to get ready for summer camp that begins Aug. 5 in Coral Gables.

Spoke to Miami Hurricanes strength and conditioning coach Andreu Swasey early this morning to get an update on how everyone is doing this summer in terms of strength and speed.

The speedy keep getting speedier, and the strong, stronger.

Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, who sat out five games with a knee injury sustained Oct. 17 at North Carolina, is the fastest Hurricane. Dorsett averaged a 4.21 the two times he ran the 40-yard dash earlier this summer, Swasey said.

"He's definitely explosive,'' Swasey said. "When you get to pound-for-pound and relative strength, Dorsett has gotten so much faster. It's amazing what he has done.''

Dorsett ran a 4.4 when he came to UM as a freshman, Swasey said. His 4.21 average set the new 40 record for the Canes, breaking Sam Shield's former 4.26.  

Dorsett also did an impressive 40.5-inch vertical leap and is by far the best jumper on the team.

Here's how the 40 timing is done, according to Swasey: Each player runs the 40 twice (Duke Johnson, impressively fast coming off a broken ankle with the team's third-best 4.42 average and 4.33 fastest, ran it three times). And each time a player runs the 40, there are "two or three'' other people (besides Swasey) holding stopwatches and timing that player. Swasey said all the times for each run are averaged to come up with one time. 

Then, the two times are averaged together for the one "average" result. They also record the fastest time of the two runs. So, for example, Dorsett's fastest time recorded this summer was 4.18! No matter whose stopwatch was more accurate, Dorsett is a speed demon.

The second fastest Cane is receiver Herb Waters (4.39 averate, 4.33 fastest), also coming off a knee injury. Swasey said Waters ran a 4.65 average as a freshman.

Receiver Malcolm Lewis was timed at 4.43 (average) and 4.39 (fastest).

Another eye-opening number: sophomore RB Gus Edwards' new power-clean record of 362 pounds, breaking Willis McGahee's record (357) for running backs. "Pretty amazing for a sophomore,'' Swasey said. Edwards, 6-2 and 235 pounds, averaged a 4.58 in the 40. Be assured he'll run over a few folks this fall.

Your quarterbacks are not the swiftest, though two are newcomers. Freshman Malik Rosier is the fastest, averaging 4.79. His fastest: 4.69.

Kevin Olsen was next fastest, averaging 4.88, with 4.83 the fastest.

Graduate transfer Jake Heaps averaged 5.24 (5.19 fastest).

Newcomer Brad Kaaya averaged 5.51, with his fastest 5.46.

All players are timed twice in the year, Swasey explained, "after spring practice and in the summer.''

Veteran Ryan Williams, rehabbing from a torn ACL, is "ahead of schedule,'' according to Swasey. He said Williams filled in for one series this week at 7-on-7s in the shotgun formation, without putting heavy pressure on his legs. "He's doing great and in the training room he's done a great job. He's running a little bit.''

Guard Danny Isidora is the fastest O-lineman, averaging 5.14 seconds in the 40. And no surprise that rush end Tyriq McCord is by far the fastest defensive big guy with a 4.66 average and 4.63 fastest 40.

Pound-for-pound strength-wise linebacker Denzel Perryman, who is listed as 242 pounds, leads the team.

"He constantly has developed and improved,'' Swasey said. Perryman broke a 29-year-old squat record for linebackers with his 605-pound squat. He also benched 435 and power cleaned 342 (same as OL Jon Feliciano).

Swasey said defensive tackle transfer Michael Wyche came in weighing 365 but has trimmed down to 343. "He's a beast on the bench, but we've got to get his legs stronger.'' Wyche bench pressed 435 pounds this summer. 

Defensive tackle Corey King leads the team with 41 bench-press reps of 225 pounds.

Swasey said the guys are in the weight room lifting about 70 minutes, four times a week, not including all the other parts of conditioning, including exercises in flexibility, agility, strength, coordination, etc.

Any old-time Canes fans might recall when the players did 16 reps of 110s that they needed to pass to be integrated fully into fall practice. Since head coach Al Golden arrived in 2011, the Canes have switched to doing 14, 40-yard dashes as a conditioning test, Swasey said. Each player has 15 seconds to jog back to the start, then another 15 seconds of rest before running the next 40-yard dash. They are placed with teammates of the same speed range.

The 14 reps of 40-yard dashes help determine if players are in good enough condition to begin fall camp in the South Florida heat. "In this weather you have to make sure that guys are not passing out."

In closing, a few other position records broken: Walk-on 5-11, 175-pound receiver Stephen Sweeney benched 360 pounds, breaking Randal Hill's record. And 6-2, 240-pound walk-on fullback Ronnie Regula benched 415 pounds. Safety Jamal Carter, listed as 6-1 and 207, set the power clean record of 318 pounds, 10 pounds more than the late Sean Taylor. Carter also did 20 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.

"I'm so excited to get the guys ready to roll,'' Swasey said. "Year after year I swap out a stronger group [of players who graduate] for a weaker group, so for me it starts all over.''

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 Here are the 40-time averages I was given:



Pos.

#

NAME

40 Avg

40 Best

20 yd

3 Cone

B.J.

B.W.

Neck

225 BENCH

DB

1

Burns, Artie

4.56

4.47

4.26

6.98

9'3"

186

15.50

6

DB

2

Bush, Deon

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

10'

197

16.00

17

DB

6

Carter, Jamal

4.67

4.62

4.52

7.06

8'8"

210

17.25

20

DB

21

Crawford, Antonio

4.47

4.38

4.27

6.98

8'8"

183

16.00

11

DB

25

Crawford, Dallas

4.85

4.83

4.36

7.10

8'10"

200

16.75

17

DB

46

Delapenha, Hugo

4.62

4.53

4.31

7.11

8'11"

193

16.00

19

DB

35

Dortch, Nate

4.66

4.60

4.35

6.91

8'6"

160

15.75

DNT

DB

29

Elder, Corn

4.46

4.37

4.45

7.21

8'8"

172

16.50

DNT

DB

28

Fentress, Nantambu

4.82

4.77

4.24

6.95

9'

188

16.00

6

DB

7

Gayot, Marques

4.87

4.82

4.29

7.17

8'4.5"

206

16.50

13

DB

37

Gunter, Ladarius

4.58

4.56

4.33

7.01

8'9"

193

16.50

7

DB

22

Hester, Kai

4.64

4.57

4.3

7.04

8'7"

203

16.50

9

DB

3

Howard, Tracy

4.57

4.52

4.26

7.10

8'10.5"

181

16.50

12

DB

26

Jenkins, Rayshawn

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

208

15.50

DNT

DB

20

Lewis, Ray

4.63

4.58

4.41

7.14

7'11"

187

16.00

10

DB

27

Mayes, Ryan

4.66

4.61

4.42

7.17

8'11.5

188

15.25

4

DL

71

Chickillo, Anthony

4.91

4.85

4.38

7.26

9'2"

273

19.00

30

DL

99

Hamilton, Jelani

4.98

4.93

5.02

7.80

8'1"

290

17.50

22

DL

33

Harris, Trent

5.09

4.96

4.60

7.84

8'10"

235

16.50

13

DL

93

Heurtelou, Calvin

5.66

5.57

5.17

8.10

7'1"

316

18.00

33

DL

44

Jackson, Demetrius

4.85

4.71

4.39

7.57

7'11.5"

241

16.75

15

DL

92

Jenkins, Courtel

5.53

5.43

5.18

7.97

7'3.5"

320

17.75

20

DL

47

Kamalu, Ufomba

4.91

4.89

4.45

7.50

8'2.5"

286

19.00

24

DL

67

King, Corey

5.45

5.41

4.86

7.84

7'8"

294

17.50

37

DL

17

McCord, Tyriq

4.66

4.63

4.42

7.13

9'2"

231

18.00

17

DL

72

Moore, Earl

5.46

5.40

5.20

8.41

6'5"

300

19.00

24

DL

95

Moten, Anthony

5.45

5.27

5.16

8.20

7'9"

303

17.50

20

DL

98

Muhammad, Alquadin

4.78

4.70

4.34

7.51

8'11.5"

238

18.50

17

DL

60

Naser, Anthony

5.34

5.30

4.97

8.19

6'3.5"

249

17.75

21

DL

91

Pierre, Olsen

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

298

18.25

DNT

DL

9

Thomas, Chad

4.91

4.82

4.50

7.57

8'3"

260

18.00

11

DL

11

Wyche, Michael

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

355

19.00

35

K/P

24

Badgley, Michael

4.85

4.78

4.45

7.23

8'5"

199

16.00

5

K/P

48

Bacon, Josh

5.02

4.93

4.60

7.47

7'7"

180

15.50

1

K/P

27

Carrol, Ricky

4.95

4.91

4.62

7.41

8'1"

199

14.75

7

K/P

 

Contorakes, JC

5.08

4.96

4.79

7.90

6'0

196

16.00

1

K/P

18

Goudis, Matt

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

161

14.75

DNT

K/P

43

Semerene, Jonathan

5.02

4.97

4.67

7.48

7'9"

206

16.50

7

K/P

16

Vogel, Justin

4.65

4.63

4.45

7.22

8'5"

208

15.50

8

LB

34

Armbrister, Thurston

4.73

4.62

4.42

7.27

8'6"

238

16.75

18

LB

41

Chickillo, Wyatt

4.73

4.69

4.51

7.16

8'5.5"

216

17.50

17

LS

55

Gabriel, Frank

5.15

5.11

4.68

7.45

7'5"

214

16.00

4

LB

5

Grace, Jermaine

4.49

4.43

4.16

7.04

9'.5"

205

16.50

17

LB

56

Kirby, Raphael

4.64

4.59

4.46

7.31

9'3"

233

17.00

31

LB

50

McCray, Terry

5.14

5.07

4.69

7.50

6'6"

226

16.50

8

LB

96

McGinnis, Michael

5.04

4.99

4.35

7.32

8'0"

218

16.00

11

LB

58

Owens, Darrion

4.79

4.78

4.36

6.95

8'2"

229

17.25

17

LB

52

Perryman, Denzel

4.71

4.65

4.51

7.27

8'8"

245

17.75

33

LB

57

Smith, Michael

5.22

5.09

4.99

8.15

6'5"

234

16.00

14

LB

51

Young, Juwon

4.75

4.69

4.55

7.49

8'11.5"

239

18.00

23

                     
                     

OL

77

Arnaut, Adam

5.78

5.74

5.15

8.31

5'6"

280

17.75

5

OL

55

Brown, Joe

5.73

5.72

5.12

8.20

7'0"

333

17.00

9

OL

73

Darling, Trevor

5.88

5.83

5.52

8.29

6'3"

317

17.25

13

OL

70

Feliciano, Jon

5.37

5.37

4.83

7.73

7'8"

319

18.25

24

OL

74

Flowers, Ereck

5.33

5.29

4.91

7.69

7'5"

314

19.00

34

OL

76

Gadbois, Taylor

5.22

5.19

4.76

7.61

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

OL

67

Gall, Alex

5.55

5.50

5.11

7.71

7'2.5"

311

17.50

18

OL

79

Goldberg, Justin

5.85

5.77

5.44

8.40

6'10.5"

316

17.75

13

OL

69

Grimsley, Tyler

5.40

5.34

4.74

7.65

7'10"

273

18.00

25

OL

75

Harvey, Sean

5.34

5.30

4.83

7.95

7'0"

293

18.25

32

OL

63

Isidora, Daniel

5.14

5.13

4.96

7.93

7'4"

319

17.75

31

OL

55

Jackson, Sterling

5.61

5.57

5.05

8.00

6'7"

268

17.75

5

OL

54

Knighton, Hunter

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

268

16.75

DNT

OL

68

Linder, Nick

5.60

5.53

5.05

8.45

6'3"

286

18.00

21

OL

52

McDermott, Kc

5.64

5.56

5.14

8.16

7'1.5"

307

18.50

22

OL

62

McDermott, Shane

5.48

5.44

4.78

7.77

7'6"

298

19.00

27

OL

66

Odogwu, Sunny

5.69

5.65

DNT

DNT

7'8"

317

19.00

30

OL

64

Wells, Hunter

5.47

5.41

4.96

8.38

7'8"

310

18.25

26

QB

 

Feller, Colin

5.28

5.27

4.76

8.09

7'1"

192

16.00

0

QB

16

Heaps, Jakes

5.24

5.19

4.64

7.43

7'9.5"

208

16.50

7

QB

15

Kayaa, Brad

5.51

5.46

4.80

8.01

6'9"

216

15.50

DNT

QB

19

Olsen, Kevin

4.88

4.83

4.45

7.17

8'1"

203

16.25

6

QB

12

Rosier, Malik

4.79

4.69

4.63

7.62

7'5"

204

16.75

7

QB

18

Welch, Michael

5.4

5.33

4.79

7.65

6'9"

216

16.75

1

QB

11

Williams, Ryan

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

223

15.50

8

RB

7

Edwards, Gus

4.58

4.49

4.33

7.17

8'10.5"

237

17.00

15

RB

30

Johnson, DeAndre

4.62

4.49

4.17

6.62

8'10"

193

17.00

17

RB

8

Johnson, Duke

4.42

4.33

DNT

DNT

9'2"

201

17.00

18

RB

44

Tucker, Walter

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

6'11"

233

17.50

18

RB

2

Yearby, Joseph

4.65

4.62

4.62

7.39

8'7"

187

16.50

13

TE

47

Akpejiori, Raphael

5.05

4.99

4.87

7.90

8'7.5"

243

16.50

11

TE

13

Crow, Gray

5.32

5.26

4.76

7.42

7'2"

225

17.00

8

TE

5

Dobard, Standish

4.97

4.88

4.67

7.56

8'3.5"

258

16.75

15

TE

40

Golden, Matt

5.47

5.23

4.91

7.86

7'5"

222

16.25

10

TE

23

Herndon, Christopher

4.82

4.79

4.62

7.40

8'9"

237

17.25

17

TE

83

O'Donnell, Jake

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

251

17.75

18

TE

39

Regula, Ronnie

4.82

4.77

4.42

7.13

8'4"

236

16.75

34

TE

38

Rodgers, Joseph

5.06

5.03

4.66

7.81

7'10"

236

16.75

DNT

TE

85

Sandland, Beau

4.83

4.82

4.51

7.42

8'7.5"

260

17.75

25

TE

46

Walford, Clive

4.89

4.83

4.53

7.03

8'6.5"

255

17.00

22

WR

83

Berrios, Braxton

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

186

16.50

13

WR

82

Brady, Tyre

4.86

4.83

4.48

7.30

9'5"

198

16.50

5

WR

3

Coley, Stacy

4.48

4.40

4.47

6.89

8'4"

182

16.00

1

WR

4

Dorsett, Phillip

4.21

4.16

4.07

6.56

10'1.5"

183

16.00

11

WR

84

Golden, Greg

5.08

5.00

4.37

7.14

7'9"

187

15.50

7

WR

21

Johnson, Josh

4.51

4.50

4.22

7.00

8'11"

153

14.75

14

WR

15

Jones, D'Mauri

4.74

4.69

4.62

7.21

8'4"

197

16.50

9

WR

87

Kidd, Garrett

4.53

4.51

4.35

7.04

8'8"

190

16.00

0

WR

9

Lewis, Malcolm

4.43

4.41

4.56

7.21

8'7"

189

15.25

12

WR

31

Mayweather, Malik

4.79

4.77

4.41

7.12

8'3"

177

15.50

7

WR

86

Njoku, David

4.76

4.67

4.64

7.22

9'6.5"

222

16.00

9

WR

 

Pfenninger, Austin

5.13

5.07

4.48

7.46

7'7.5"

165

15.50

6

WR

80

Scott, Rashawn

4.69

4.64

4.35

7.19

7'7"

200

16.00

17

WR

 

Stavetski, Theodore

5.01

4.94

4.57

7.53

8'7.5"

204

15.25

1

WR

24

Sweeney, Stephen

4.54

4.47

DNT

DNT

8'3"

178

16.00

17

WR

86

Waters, Herb

4.39

4.33

4.14

6.81

9'9.5"

190

16.25

11

                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                 

 

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