"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 firstname.lastname@example.org