Practice Report: 8/22

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes resumed practice after an off day yesterday.

The team began practice at 6:00 p.m. tonight and practiced for two hours in shells. The attitude seemed a little bit better than the past two days as they head into their third week of practices.

"We moved practice to the evening today because President Shalala had a picnic for the freshmen in the afternoon and we wanted everybody to be at practice. The freshmen are doing a good job for us and they will help us win games."

· The team has done some work in preparation for Florida State, but they will do a lot more beginning on Thursday. They have been working primarily on their own thing.

· QB Kyle Wright & QB Kirby Freeman were finding their receivers on a deep 40+ yard post route in a drill in which the receiver would run the route against air and the quarterbacks would throw the ball deep and let their receivers run under it. Both quarterbacks showed excellent arm strength and accuracy during the drill.

· WR Ryan Moore showed the most ability during the drill as he always found the ball in mid-air. Moore made it look very easy compared to the other receivers who had to use more effort to make the catch. Moore also drew praise from his teammates during a punt return drill in which he split the gunners to head upfield.

· OL Alex Pou returned to practice and got some work in. Pou has been recovering from off-season shoulder surgery and has not participated in very many drills this fall. When healthy he could compete for the starting center position. He possesses good athleticism, but has missed a lot of practice time due to injuries, which has hurt his development as a player.

· DE Thomas Carroll had a near field goal block. Carroll is an important part of the defense this year and is one of the most knowledgeable players on the team. Last year he recorded 6.5 sacks to tie for the team lead.

· OL Tyrone Byrd was not at practice and was excused for a "medical condition" according to Coker. The trainers and doctors excused him from practice today. He is expected back by the end of the week.

· OL Tony Tella did not have a cast on today and was only going through walk through things. He was in his jersey, but was not wearing a helmet or pads. According to Coker he is expected to play against Florida State, but not start.

· OL Tyler McMeans was wearing a pad during practice and will continue to wear it this week to see how it goes. He is expected to resume his starting position and if he plays with a cast against Florida State, then he does. Don't expect a drop off in production from the 25-year old former U.S. Marine.

· LB Roger McIntosh is practicing, but is still being guarded from contact drills. He is expected to resume practice at the end of this week or early next week. Coker anticipates McIntosh playing against Florida State, but not starting. He could also play on special teams.

· OL Derrick Morse had a CAT scan last week and the status is still unknown at this point. He has stated that he expects to miss 6-8 weeks.

· Other players dealing with minor injuries: CB Devin Hester (turf toe), WR Sinorice Moss (undisclosed), WR Darnell Jenkins (undisclosed), LB Leon Williams (undisclosed), SS Brandon Meriweather (sore hamstring), LB Eric Houston (pulled hamstring), and RB Andrew Johnson (ACL recovery).

· 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.

Tuesday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orange Bowl.

The scrimmage is closed to the media and the public. In fact, parents aren't even allowed to go because of renovations to the Orange Bowl. The team will have kicking situation and will play a game with a 25-second clock.

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


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