McDougle collapses in morning practice

University of Miami defensive end Jerome McDougle was transported by the Coral Gables Fire Rescue to Doctors' Hospital after collapsing towards the end of practice Tuesday morning at Greentree Field. McDougle was completing sprints when he became ill.

A UM official said that McDougle told junior linebacker Ken Dangerfield and Andrew Swasey, the team's head strength and conditioning coach, that he felt 'kind of tired' shortly before passing out. He was on the ground for about ten minutes being assisted to by team trainers. McDougle's body temperature was reportedly at 99.9 when he arrived at the hospital.

"Jerome is a warrior and he'll be back," said Miami head coach Larry Coker after the Hurricanes afternoon practice session. "He was in good sprits-up and cracking jokes with some of the guys."

Coker, in a released statement after the morning practice, said that McDougle just became "overheated", although he did not lost consciousness and was alert. Coker praised the trainers for their handling of the situation.

"Our trainers (Scott McGonagle and Scott Bruce) did a good job. They cooled him down and the vital signs were good," said Coker. However Dr John Uribe, the Hurricanes team doctor, said that although it was not heat-related the 270-pounder had fainted.

"I wasn't there, but apparently he was stretching and then got lightheaded and passed out," said Dr. Uribe. "By the time he got here he was responsive and his vital signs were OK." Uribe said the trainers tried to get McDougle to respond to stimulus, although he was not communicative while on the field. Despite having eyes shut, he was breathing.

Uribe said that McDougle told him that he has had a history of similar episodes during junior college. Officials reached at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi, where McDougle played in 1999 were unaware of any medical problems with him.

McDougle, a redshirt junior who did not play last season, will be kept in the hospital overnight for further testing and observation. Coker was optimistic about McDougle's return.

"He could be back in a couple days, but in light of the recent tragedies we're going to use extreme caution with Jerome and make sure he's fine before getting him back out here."

DEEEEFENSE!

After looking a little sluggish during the morning middle drill, Coker praised the defensive unit for their effort in the afternoon. Sophomore linebacker Jarrell Weaver made several impressive plays during one-on-one blocking drills, along with D.J. Williams. Williams beat tight end Jeremy Shockey with a swipe move towards the end of practice that received plenty of approval from the crowd gathered at Greentree Field.

"The defense really cranked it up and enjoyed themselves out there," Coker said. "They really came out with something to prove. As you guys got to see they were flying all over the place."

The Hurricanes receiving corp-Jason Geathers, Andre Johnson, Ethnic Sands and Daryl Jones- also turned some heads with several acrobatic receptions.

Howard Clark, D. J. Williams and Chris Campball all practiced with the first-team for most of the afternoon practice.

ON THE SHELF

Defensive end Jamaal Green (knee), defensive back Mike Rumph (pulled groin) and Clinton Portis (flu) all missed practice on Tuesday. Coker said Portis, who did not practice on Monday, reached a temperature of 104 and was unable to hold anything in his stomach. Coker hasn't been informed of the results of the MRI taken on Green's knee, while Rumph is expected to miss a few more practices.

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