March 21, 2007

Cooper, Javarris to share backfield together?

New offensive coordinator Patrick Nix has now had five spring practices to evaluate the kind of personnel the Hurricanes possess.

And while he's happy with some things he's seen, he says it's still too early to gauge just what this offense is capable of achieving.

"It's hard to tell because they're still learning the offense," he said. "They're still thinking instead of playing, so it's hard. I don't like to gauge guys until they can actually get out there and start playing because we've handcuffed them so much with the thinking part of it that we've been sort of unfair to them, to be honest. We've really put a lot in on them. They've handled it well, they really have.

"I've been impressed with them mentally more than physically probably just because of what we've put in on them and how they've handled it. Hopefully by the time we hit the fall it'll all be a reaction instead of trying to figure out what's going on and everything."

One offensive player Nix knows will have an impact: Tailback Graig Cooper.

Mention Cooper's name and Nix lights up.

"He's made plays with the ball in his hands, knows what to do," Nix said of Cooper, who has busted long runs in each of UM's spring practices.

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