100% Healthy

Kicker Jon Peattie suffered a hamstring injury at the end of the first half against Florida State in the season opener. He has played through the pain and now he feels completely healthy once again. The bye week helped players like Peattie regain their strength for the rest of the season. Miami hosts #17 Louisville tonight at 7:30 in the Orange Bowl.

"I feel good," Peattie said. "I don't have to wear any wraps or anything. This is the best I have felt since two-a-days. I feel refreshed right now. We had a really tough week in our bye week with our strength coach, Andreu Swasey, in the weight room. I feel 100 percent and I feel stronger now. I feel good and I am just excited for the game"

Jon Peattie is sophomore from Countryside High School in Clearwater. The former soccer player had an outstanding freshman season a year ago as the national leader in freshmen scoring.

The bye week allowed the team to work out and get their legs back. After Louisville, the team will play on five consecutive Saturdays before another bye week on Thanksgiving weekend prior to their regular season finale against Virginia Tech.

"Bye weeks are always good to have," Peattie said. "Our first bye week turned into a week preparing for the hurricane and we had to stay indoors. With our past bye week a lot of our players got a lot stronger. We finally had a good week of working out with our trainers. We kind of got our legs back. The bye week came in handy for us with the game against Louisville and other teams we will be playing."

The team worked out with Swasey to get their strength back. It is something the team does every season in order to be ready for the rest of the season.

"We worked out with Swasey three or four days," Peattie said. "We ran hard on two of those days. Then we had regular running and the sandpit. Then we lifted weights. During the season you usually don't get to work out that hard, but we always use the bye week to get our strength back. You can't just stop working out when the season starts or you will lose all of your strength."

The workouts are similar to the ones in the summer. It is something Peattie enjoys especially since he is recovering from an injury.

"It is not close to a summer workout, but it actually is," Peattie said. "In the summer we always run first then we start working out. This is the first case we have had where we are running in the sandpit and then sprint in with sand your shoes to go work out in the weight room. It is close to a summer workout and I really enjoy those. I feel I get a lot of my strength back by doing those."

As a freshman last year, Peattie converted on 22-of-28 field goals and all 37 extra points giving him 103 points on the season. This year, he has been bothered with a hamstring injury and has converted on 6-of-11 field goal attempts. Having the year behind him has been beneficial for Peattie.

"It is good to have a year behind me," Peattie said. "Of course my numbers aren't as good, but that is the way it goes. You can't worry about the numbers. We are doing well as a team right now and a lot better as a team than last year at this point. Everything is clicking right now and I can't worry about myself right now."

Punter Brian Monroe averaged 35.7 yards per punt last year and struggled with his consistency. This year he has turned it around and has averaged 40 yards per punt with 11 punts inside the 20 to only one touchback. He only had 11 punts inside the 20 all of last year.

"Our offense has been doing a good job of driving so we have only needed to punt when we are on the fifty," Peattie said. "He has had a lot of opportunities to punt inside the 20 and he has taken advantage of them.

Peattie is not surprised with Monroe's early season success.

"I was not surprised at all," Peattie said. "That is what he has done in practice all last year. Now he has finally brought it to the game and has done a great job."

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

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