J. R. Mounts, who played five seasons of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox and Anaheim Angels before enrolling at the University of Miami to pursue a career in football, told UM head coach Larry Coker in a meeting yesterday that he was no longer interested in playing football and was quitting the team. Mounts also indicated to Coker that he would not be attending classes at UM after the conclusion of the current semester.
Coker said that he had spoken with Mounts before the Hurricanes went on spring break and told the former Key West High standout to take some time and discuss the situation with his parents. But in the meeting yesterday, Mounts informed Coker that he 'doesn't want to play football period'.
Coker said that Mounts, who had been practicing with the running backs during the spring, felt he had plenty of progress to make and was lagging further behind slated running back starter Frank Gore and back-up Willis McGahee. Mounts, one of 22 players signed to a football scholarship on National Signing Day last month, indicated that he would not continue attending classes at UM without a scholarship.
"J. R. probably won't finish school here because it's going to be too expensive for him," said Coker.
Mounts did not say whether he is going to attempt playing baseball again.
"I think J. R. would only be interested if he was going to play professional baseball," Coker said.
DOWN AND OUT?: Gore was carted off the field with a right knee injury after going down as a result off a hit by sophomore safety Sean Taylor. Gore returned to watch the rest of the practice from the sidelines with an ice bag wrapped around his knee. Coker said that the staff would not know the extent of the injury until Gore is examined later tonight or tomorrow.
"It could be a twist or a sprain, I don't really know at this point. We'll know more when they examine him inside," said Coker...Andrew Williams (knee) missed practice and will be out several days, but Coker said it was 'not serious'....Sherko Haji-Rasouli and Ed Wilkins also missed practice, doing light work on the sideline...Talib Humphrey missed practice with a concussion he suffered on the last practice before spring break..........Coker praised the secondary- Kelly Jennings, Antrel Rolle, James Scott and Sean Taylor- for their performance in a light scrimmage that concluded practice. Coker said that Al Marshall 'really stood out'..Taylor finished the practice with a deflection of a slant pass intended for receiver Andre Johnson.
"We're not a very good football team right now. We have a long way to go," said Coker.
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