It might just be spring, but Miami Hurricanes defensive coordinator Manny Diaz knows that 2018 sets up well for this program to make a jump and his defense is an important element.
That’s why he handed out a grueling punishment on Thursday when he wasn’t particularly pleased with the Miami defense’s performance at spring practice.
After a couple of lackadaisical efforts in drills, Diaz rounded up his players and sent them to a chain link fence at the back of the facility. There, he had them do padded wall sits repeatedly while reciting “I’ve got to get this work.”
When Diaz arrived along with Mark Richt, wall sits were a regular occurrence. They helped get the defense to buy in and play well on their way to 19 victories in the first two years.
Now, with a largely new group in place, Diaz wanted to remind them that they couldn’t skate by on the accomplishments of teammates who are now gone.
“There’s not a bunch that went through that initiation process of when we became what we became,” Diaz said according to Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald. “There’s some guys who have hopped in on the ride and sort of enjoyed the fruits of the labor of some of those who aren’t here anymore.
“It’s just to get them to understand that we didn’t get good on accident. There were certain things that we had to do and had to establish to play defense the way we had the last two years.”