Vilma, Williams held out of practice

Senior starting middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma and weakside linebacker D. J. Williams were held out of a 90-minute practice this morning at Greentree Field with injuries although there is a chance both players could return for the afternoon session, said UM linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves.

Vilma, the Hurricanes leading tackler last season with 133, is still nursing a strained right hamstring was relegated to the sideline a day after returning to practice. UM coach Larry Coker said that Vilma isn't ready to go ‘full tilt' yet, while Williams has a sprained left ankle and he was at practice with the ankle taped. Coker said that injury occurred yesterday.

"D. J.'s ankle is a little tender but hopefully we can get him out there this afternoon," said Hargreaves.

The ever-ready Vilma is making it difficult on Hargreaves to keep him off the field.

"Jonathan is always very anxious so it's hard to get him out of there but I know what he can do," Hargreaves said.

In place of Vilma and Williams, sophomore Leon Williams played the middle with the first unit, while junior Darrell McClover filled in on the weakside.

Receiver Jason Geathers, who practiced about an hour yesterday before being removed and having his hamstring wrapped, did not participate in practice this morning.

SCRIMMAGE SET: Barring a heavy rain storm that is predicted to fall in parts of South Florida this afternoon, the Hurricanes will have a 64-play scrimmage that will be monitored by Big East officials at 3:30 p.m. Coker said that the first and second units will go 12 plays with the third unit going 8 plays with the format repeated twice.

NO SO FAST: Coker said that senior running back Jarrett Payton is having the best camp of his career at UM but that the No. 2 spot behind starter Frank Gore still hasn't been decided. Freshman Tyrone Moss is also in the running but does not have the backup slot locked up by any means.

"No he hasn't solidified No. 2 at all," Coker said.

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