Miami practice notes
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Miami had its second preseason practice today, and it lasted about two-and-a-half hours. Here are the highlights of the practice as reported by Miami's sports information department:
• On back-to-back plays in 7-on-7 drills, senior defensive back Ryan Hill broke up a deep pass intended for sophomore receiver Travis Benjamin before intercepting a pass in the right flat.
• Sophomore linebacker Arthur Brown made a diving interception in 11-on-11 action.
• Junior wide receiver Leonard Hankerson made two catches in the 20-yard range in 11-on-11 drills.
• Junior running back Graig Cooper made several plays (rushing and receiving) of 10-plus yards.
• Senior defensive back Sam Shields made a few standout plays, including a pass breakup on a deep ball intended for sophomore receiver LaRon Byrd.
After practice, coach Randy Shannon and several players met with the members of the media. Senior tackle Matt Pipho was among the group that was made available. He discussed a number of topics, including the upcoming season, his offseason workouts and his development as a player on the offensive line over the past four years at UM.
On offseason workouts: Coach [Andreu] Swasey makes sure each and everyone one of us are ready to play. Everyone goes all out and does everything that's possible.
On having more of a role this season: I came here to play football and I've waited four years to get significant playing time. Now's my time and I'm not going to let anything stand between me and that.
On the valuable experience he got at tackle against Virginia and Virginia Tech last season: That was the first time I played tackle in a game. Before last year, I played guard and center. Getting in the game against Virginia helped a lot. They had a stud linebacker and I was able to block him, so I said to myself, 'I can do this.'
On pressure of playing more at right tackle this season: None at all. In the spring, I saw how I performed. I saw how I performed against Virginia and Virginia Tech. I haven't lost a step yet. I'm happy with what I am doing, and I think I'm going to be fine.
Additional Jersey Number Changes: Senior tight end/long-snapper Jake Byrne is wearing No. 87 this season while senior holder Matt Perrelli is now No. 33. Byrne made the switch to tight end during spring practice to add depth. He wore No. 69 last season while serving as the long-snapper on PATs and field goals. Perrelli, who has been kicker Matt Bosher's holder since their days at Jupiter High School, wore No. 19 last season.
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