Practice Notes: 10/7

The team practiced for two hours today after taking a break due to rain. The team resumed practice and had a productive day. Today was the first day the team began its preparation for #20 Louisville next Thursday.

"We got a lot of work done today," head coach Larry Coker said. "I have been real pleased the way this team responds to being rained out and stormed out. Guys really respond and come out and do their best coming out and practicing and working. We had a good day today—I am real encouraged by that."

Today, the team began their preparation Louisville. The Hurricanes will face Louisville next Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Preparing for a ranked team has helped maintain the focus for the team.

"I think that is right," Coker said. "More than their ranking, when we watch the tape we see their backs, they have a huge offensive line, and they do a lot of things well on the defensive side of the ball. They are good in a lot of categories. The rankings are there and they are justified. You see the tape and you see why they are ranked."

The Hurricane defense has proved it is one of the top defenses in the country. They are 1st in pass efficiency (66.3), 3rd in total defense (215.8), 2nd in scoring defense (6.5), and 2nd in pass defense (115).

"I thought coming in we looked good on defense, but now we are playing well on defense," Coker said. "I think we are just scratching the surface—I think we can be better."

Is this a championship-caliber defense?

"I think they can be," Coker said. "I think they are moving in that direction. To say they are right now—I wouldn't say that, but I definitely think they can be."

NOTES

* FS Brandon Meriweather did not practice with turf toe. He had on a walking boot on and Coker is "hopeful" he will be back for the game against Louisville.

* WR Ryan Moore did not practice with a sprained ankle. He did not play in last week's game and according to Coker it is "certainly questionable" if he will play this week. Coker does not feel overly optimistic he will play against Louisville.

* OL Eric Winston had surgery today to repair a torn ACL and MCL. It is too early to tell how the surgery went. Assuming all goes well he could be ready for the start of the 2005 season.

* K Jon Peattie is 6-for-11 on the year in field goals. Last year he only missed six all season going 22-for-28. He has battled injuries this year and his kicks have been on the edge of his range. Coker is not concerned with putting him out there for the next kick because Peattie doesn't let it bother him. "If a guy is really bummed out with a miss, then it would be a concern," said Coker.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com.

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