Practice Report: 8/11 Afternoon

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes held their second practice of the day concluding their first two-a-day of the fall.

Practice started at 3:30 today after a 8:30 practic earlier this morning. The team practiced in shells compared to full pads in the morning.

"I think the offense was a little hot and tired. They know we have to push through. We talk about efficiency and we have to be a lot more efficient there. The defense really bounced back and ran around making plays."

"In terms of offensive efficiency, I am talking about muffed snaps, mental errors, and some penalties from being tired and sloppy. We have to improve in all of those areas."

"Obviously, it was hot today, but we have to be tougher. Either you build that mental toughness or you fold. I guarantee you they are developing that in Tallahassee so we better develop it here."

· QB Kyle Wright & QB Kirby Freeman are throwing the ball well. Today the two combined during a route-running drill in which the receivers/tight ends would cut hard in the middle of the field and angle back out to the sidelines. The two took turns threading passes in the open field as their athletic receivers ran down the balls. Both quarterbacks look extremely fluid throwing the ball, which is something that has not been the case the past two seasons.

· WR Lance Leggett has been catching the ball extremely well as of late. Today he made a nice catch downfield during 1-on-1 drills and used a stiff arm to get away from the cornerback. He won't use strength in his arsenal, but it won't hold him back this year either. Leggett has been most impressive on his range. The 6-foot-3 receiver has been making a lot of tough catches along the sidelines. He still walks around with a limp at times and it could hold him back a bit this season.

· OL Andrew Bain received a lot of reps on the first unit at right guard today replacing OL Derrick Morse who took over the duties when OL Tony Tella injured his ankle. He has pleased Coach Coker and will press hard for playing time this year. Bain is currently 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds.

· DE Rhyan Anderson is still working hard to earn reps on the two-deep. Anderson is considered a big defensive end who possibly could move to tackle at some point in his career, but he prefers to play end and a move does not appear in his near future.

· RB Tyrone Moss has dropped the weight and it has shown. Moss has made a number of solid runs up the middle during inside runs and has always showed good vision in short yardage situations. He is a natural back that makes things look easy and although he is not known as a speed back, there is no reason he can't match Gore's 945 yards and 4.8 yards per carry season from a year ago.

· Offensive Line Units as follows:
1st: LT Winston LG McMeans C Byrd RG Bain/Morse RT Butler
2nd: LT Rutledge LG Rochford C Wollschlager RG Howell RT Wimbs
3rd: LT Youngblood LG Trump C St. Pierre RG Pipho RT Barney

· OL Eric Winston got a bit banged up today, but he bounced back and finished practice without any troubles. Winston has been taking time after practice to instruct various young players about certain skills needed. Today Winston worked with redshirt freshman Chris Rutledge--a 6-foot-5, 310-pound tackle.

· The Defensive Line units were as follows:
1st: LE Pata LT Akins RT Harris RE Carroll
2nd: LE Campbell/Nanton LT Dixon RT Joseph RE Moncur
3rd: LE Anderson LT Hendricks/Abdallah RT Brown RE Franklin/Harris

· FB James Bryant has been practicing with a good tempo this fall. Today he showed off a good burst of speed during inside run drills. Fullbacks at Miami typically do not receive a lot of carries, but with Bryant he could be used to change things up a bit. He has improved his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield since first arriving a year ago, but still needs to work on his footwork. He will be a valuable asset to the team this year after playing primarily on special teams in 2004.

· OL Tony Tella did not practice today due to a sprained ankle he injured on August 8. A timetable for his return is unknown.

· LB Roger McIntosh was again held out of practice due to recovering from an arthroscopic knee surgery to remove a bone chip. He had the operation last week and is expected to be out at least a week.

· LB Tavares Gooden did not practice in any capacity. He was walking around watching practice and appeared to be more bothered with his knee that previously indicated. Gooden practiced in the morning session and this might just be a case of some sort of inflammation.

· RB Andrew Johnson is practicing, but not participating in any contact drills. He appears to be running well, but is not making any hard cuts. A return this season still remains questionable despite his prediction of playing.

· OL Alex Pou had off-season shoulder surgery and has been held out of contact drills this fall. He expects to be back in 1-2 weeks.

· LB Eric Houston is still bothered by a pulled hamstring.

· DT Teraz McCray, CB Carlos Armour, and CB Glenn Sharpe are not practicing and are still recovering from ACL injuries.

Friday, August 12 at 8:30 a.m.

The practice is open to the public.

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


Canes Time Top Stories