Practice Report: 8/18 Morning

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes practiced in the morning for the first of two practices on the day.

The team is practicing twice today for the third and final time this fall.

"We worked in full pads today in the morning and we have two practices today. We worked a lot on goal line and short yardage situations."

"I see guys getting better individually, but now we need to get better as a team. We need to elimiate mentals and that is what I want to see as the week progresses."

"Skill players excite me. I love watching them run and break with the ball. Guys like Derron Thomas and Sinorice Moss excite me, even Greg Olsen. I watch these guys and I think, 'I should have bought a ticket to see these guys practice.'"

· Tanard Davis is now practicing with the wide receivers after starting fall practices at cornerback. Davis is a 5-foot-9, 188-pound senior from Southridge with excellent speed who will be a key contributor on special teams.

· QB Kirby Freeman looked very crisp today and has improved tremendously in his throwing ability since he first arrived on campus in the spring of 2004. Freeman, a redshirt freshman, will provide the team with a solid option if starting QB Kyle Wright does not perform up to standards or gets injured.

· RB Derron Thomas continues to show speed to the outside and will be hard to catch in the open field this season. Thomas is a 5-foot-9, 190-pound back who could burst on the scene in a big way this season. Currently Thomas is a back-up to RB Tyrone Moss.

· OL A.J. Trump and OL Reggie Youngblood are expected to contribute to the team this year. Both players are off to a good start in their first year as Hurricanes. Look for Trump and Youngblood to be one on the second team by the time the season starts.

· LB Willie Williams blitzed from the weakside linebacker spot and knocked the ball out of Freeman's hands. Williams is one of a number of guys on the defense who will benefit when the lights are on and he can go all out.

· LB Roger McIntosh suited up and went through drills at the beginning of practice, but is still being guarded from contact drills. He is expected to resume hitting next week.

· OL Derrick Morse had a CAT scan yesterday to determine whether or not surgery is needed for a fracured shoulder. Results of the CAT scan are "to be announced". Morse expects to miss 6-8 weeks.

· CB Devin Hester is bothered by a turf toe injury according to Coker. He is not able to push off and run so they are holding him back.

· OL Tony Tella is in a walking cast after suffering a high ankle sprain on August 8. Tella could return to the field within a week.

· SS Brandon Meriweather is being limited due to a sore hamstring. He has been in practice and suited up. A timetable for a full return is unknown.

· RB Andrew Johnson is practicing, but not participating in any contact drills due to recovering from an ACL injury he suffered in December.

· OL Alex Pou had off-season shoulder surgery and has been held out of contact drills this fall. He could return to the field at the end of this week.

· 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. All three will miss the 2005 season.

Thursday, August 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Practices are now closed to the public. Practice resumes tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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