Practice Update - 8/21

With only seven days before the first game, the Miami Hurricanes are getting anxious to begin the season. Each practice is very important for the regulars as they gear up for the season. The injuries to key players will heal and the team will be just fine.

Coach Larry Coker talked about today's practice, "This was a regular Thursday practice. We worked a lot on redzone and a lot of third-down situations. I sense the intensity in practice is picking up because they know its getting closer to game time."

The offensive line is coming together and Vernon Carey participated in all drills today. It is encouraging that Carey is back from an ankle sprain with the loss to Joe McGrath. Carey continued to work at left guard switching from his original position of right tackle. Alex Pou becomes the sixth guy on the offensive line depth chart. Pou is most comfortable at the guard position.

The wide receivers have dealt with injuries all fall practice much like they did in the spring. Coach Larry Coker assess the wide receivers, "With (Kevin) Beard and (Devin) Hester and hopefully we get Roscoe (Parrish) back. He assures me that he'll be ready to go (for the first game). Ryan Moore has especially been good. Those are the guys we'll go with. Sinorice Moss was back practicing today which is encouraging."

Frank Gore is the starting halfback and Jarrett Payton is still holding down the backup role. Payton has done a superb job this fall and could have a productive senior season. The running backs had an average practice working against the scout team.

"They did well but they still have a lot of work to do. I think the young players Jon Beason and Tyrone Moss are exceptional players. I think they still need to learn the offense and get comfortable enough where they can just go play. They are having to think too much right now. I don't like guys to have to think. I like great players to be able to run and react," says Coker.

After the practice was over, Coach Coker and the rest of the Hurricanes showed up at Sunset Place for a pep rally. Sebastian the Ibis made an appearance along with the cheerleaders and the school band. Seniors Jonathan Vilma and Chris Myers talked about the upcoming season as fans looked on.

Practice resumes tomorrow at 3:30.

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