‘We’re going to have a great year’: Hurricanes open spring practice with optimism

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CORAL GABLES — Many Hurricanes and other college football fans affectionately call the offseason “lying season.” It is a chance to believe the very best in their teams, even if they know those hopeful beliefs will turn out to be “lies” come the fall.

Hurricanes fans have many reasons to believe those will actually be truths this year.

“It definitely feels different from the past teams,” linebacker Wesley Bissainthe said. “The first year, just figuring things out. Second year still kind of figuring things out. This year, I feel like we added a lot of key pieces, so I feel like we’re just going to add these pieces together and win.”

“Honestly, it’s very exciting. Last night, I started to feel it,” Bissainthe added. “It’s very exciting, coming out here to go to work, making plays with your teammates.”

Most prominently, Miami added quarterback Cam Ward, who decided to return to college after flirting with the NFL draft. The Hurricanes also brought in the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation and several key transfers.

On the first day of spring, optimism was in the air.

“I feel like we’re going to have a great year,” defensive lineman Rueben Bain Jr. said. “It’s the same (thing) preached every year, ‘The ‘Canes are back, blah blah blah.’ But we’re not really too focused on that. We’re just focused on the spring right now and just working every day, trying to get better, grow together as a team with chemistry, skill, technique, anything we can do to be the best team we are today.

“I definitely feel it. I’m always going to have high hopes for my team.”

Coach Mario Cristobal said the first day had “a lot of energy,” and Miami has more than a dozen more practices left to continue working.

“Practice for us, as you can probably tell, a lot of energy, a lot of juice, like…

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Author : South Florida Sun Sentinel

Publish date : 2024-03-04 19:13:00

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