Hurricanes practice notes: Patrick Bethel carving his own path

CORAL GABLES – When Patrick Bethel committed to Miami, he wanted the world to know it wasn’t to follow in his father’s footsteps.

“If you try to live off of what someone else has done, you’re dragging yourself down and that reputation,” he said. “Reputation can only take you so far. I want to make my own name.”

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Randy Bethel had a strong career as a Hurricanes tight end from 1987-90. Like his father, Patrick Bethel signed with UM as a defensive end out of Vero Beach High. Once he enrolled in January, he was given jersey No. 93, same as dad.

Bethel is one of several Hurricanes legacies on this year’s roster. The others are redshirt sophomore quarterback Vincent Testaverde, who wears his Heisman-winning father’s No. 14; sophomore walk-on linebacker Eddie Dunn (grandson of the UM great of the same name), currently injured redshirt freshman defensive end Scott Patchan (son of Matt, a former UM left tackle) and two incoming signees, tight end Michael Irvin II (son of The Playmaker) and safety Jeff James (Edgerrin’s nephew).

At Thursday’s practice, Bethel, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound former four-star recruit, lined up as a third-stringer behind Chad Thomas and Demetrius Jackson. Redshirting is not in Bethel’s plans.

“This year I hope to work to the point where I catch the coach’s eye and my work ethic, my play, forces them to put me on the field,” he said. “My goal is to keep working my way up.”

His father coached him freshman year at Sebastian River and was Vero Beach’s defensive line assistant his junior and senior years. What was his advice when he sent off his son to school?

“He just told me to come in and work until you drop, until somebody’s got to remove you,” Bethel said. “Keep working until the sun goes down and it’ll pay off.”

Noteworthy: At Thursday’s practice, the first-string offensive line was left tackle Trevor Darling, left guard Kc McDermott, center Alex Gall (starter Nick Linder remains out after offseason shoulder surgery), right guard Danny Isidora and right tackle Tyree St. Louis. The second string was left tackle Bar Milo, left guard Hayden Mahoney, center Tyler Gauthier, right guard Hunter Knighton and right tackle Jahair Jones. Right tackle Sunny Odogwu (offseason knee surgery) has been dressing for practices, but not participating.

The first four working in defensive line drills were, left to right, end Chad Thomas, tackles RJ McIntosh and Courtel Jenkins, and end Al-Quadin Muhammad. The second unit was Demetrius Jackson, Gerald Willis, Kendrick Norton and Trent Harris. Bethel, Anthony Moten and Ryan Fines were the third unit.

Scenes from Greentree:

Al-Quadin Muhammad plays with much violence. @qua_nito

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Patrick Bethel.

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Linebacker Juwon Young at work under sunny Coral Gables skies.

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The Al Golden slogan "Deserve Victory" is gone. Now it's just "Victory."

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