PRACTICES ARE UNDERWAY
The Miami Hurricanes began fall practices on August 6 and held their first practice in pads on August 10. Practices remain open to the public through Saturday in which they have an 8:30 practice with a scrimmage, which is sure to produce some big moments.
2005 COULD-HAVE-BEEN CANES
With Tanard Davis rejoining the team he becomes the 84th player on scholarship. There were a number of other players who were expected to be on the 2005 team, but are not in Coral Gables. Listed below are their current whereabouts:
CB Travarous Bain, Junior (Miami, Fla.)
Bain was a Hurricane from 2002-04. He transferred to I-AA Hampton (Va.) in January and participated in spring practices. He is still enrolled at Hampton, but is currently not on the roster due to waiting on his summer school classes. If he is not eligible this fall he is expected to remain at Hampton and attempt to be eligible in 2006.
Note: Hampton went 10-2 last year and won the MEAC. They are ranked 13th in the Sports Network 2005 Preseason I-AA College Football Poll.
TE Brandon Sebald, Senior (Accord, N.Y.)
Sebald was a Hurricane from 2001-04. He transferred to I-AA Hofstra (N.Y.) in January and had the team implement a tight end position into the offense for his strengths. By joining the Hofstra football team he is reunited with his brother Chris, who is a junior linebacker on the team.
Note: Hofstra went 5-6 last year and is ranked 24th in the Sports Network 2005 Preseason I-AA College Football Poll.
OL Robert Bergman, Senior (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Bergman was a Hurricane from 2001-04. He transferred to I-AA Delaware this fall and will be competing for a starting tackle spot. Bergman will get to go up against Sebald on October 8 as Delaware hosts Hofstra for their homecoming game. Both schools are in the Atlantic 10.
Note: Delaware went 9-4 last year and is ranked 10th in the Sports Network 2005 Preseason I-AA College Football Poll.
OL Josh Kerr (Strongsville, Ohio)
Kerr originally signed with the Hurricanes in 2004, but was not scheduled to report to the team in December. December came around and when asked in an interview why he was not going to be a Hurricane, he responded, "I don't know, you are going to have to ask them." Kerr flirted with the idea of walking-on at Ohio State, but has reportedly decided against the idea and is currently a student at an Ohio State branch campus.
TE Cedric Hill, Freshman (Valdosta, Ga.)
Hill also signed with the Hurricanes in 2004, but was not eligible to report in August. He waited until December and got his grades in order, but did not join the team. Hill was released from his letter of intent and is currently a freshman tight end at South Florida.
MAXEY STILL LEADS FOR STARTING CB SPOT
CB Marcus Maxey and CB Devin Hester are still battling it out for the starting cornerback spot opposite of CB Kelly Jennings. Maxey opened up the fall with the first unit and has held his ground. Hester is having a tough time making plays and has dropped two relatively easy interceptions. If the opener were tomorrow, Maxey would be the starter. At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, Maxey has excellent size to go along with a 4.25 40-yard dash time. Hester still has three weeks to catch up before the opener and this battle is just getting started.
TELLA SUFFERES FIRST INJURY OF THE FALL
Senior right guard Tony Tella reportedly suffered a sprained ankle on Monday during practice. The next day Tella was in a hard cast and crutches. Last year around this time OL Rashad Butler suffered a similar type injury with similar precautionary measures, but ended up having a stress fracture forcing him to miss the first three games of the season. Tella is a 6-foot-4, 310-pound lineman from Houston, Texas who has played in 24 games.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH IN WEEK 2
With a week of practice under their belt, look for RB Derron Thomas, LB Willie Williams, and S Greg Threat to perform well on the second team creating buzz with the first unit. Thomas was the top offensive player in the spring and has made a few nice runs thus far, but is destined to pick it up in week two. Williams has outstanding size and speed at weakside linebacker who is on the verge of making a lot of noise in the running game. Threat had a solid first week recording an interception and getting in a few solid hits, but with the pads on his instincts will take over and he'll be around the ball more in week two.
Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com
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