Practice Report: 9/8

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes held their first practice following Monday's opening night loss.

The team practiced in pads for two hours beginning at 3:30 p.m. The players were not allowed to talk about the FSU game after practice, instead the media was instructed to ask questions about Clemson and moving forward.

"Today was Miami vs. Miami. It was a fundamental day of practice working hard to get ourselves better. We have a chance to be a good team, but we have to get better individually and as a group. We have to protect our passer better, better on special teams, and swarm the ball on defense. It is all about us."

"The mood of the team is good. The loss is disappointing and there is nothing we can do about that. We just have to take care of our business."

"I can't pinpoint why we've lost games in the past in pairs except it was poor play on our part. We will lose in pairs again if we play poorly at Clemson. We are going to have to play our best game to win."

· The biggest buzz surrounding the team in terms of the media was if Coker was going to make changes at the long snapper and holder positions. John Rochford, long snapper, and Brian Monroe, holder, had their troubles Monday, which resulted in a missed opportunity to tie the game with less than three minutes remaining. "We will work out this week and see," Coker said when asked if he planned to make changes. "I'm not in the mood to make an abrupt change after one mistake."

· WR Darnell Jenkins caught a screen pass and took it the distance as the defense was confused on assignments. Jenkins streaked up the left sideline for the long touchdown. He is ready to make a difference on the field this year, but he got off to a slow start to his junior season when he failed to catch a pass in the opener.

· OL Tony Tella resumed his starting right guard position ovetaking Andrew Bain. Bain is knicked up, but don't expect that to be the reason Bain is kept out of the starting lineup in favor of Tella. Tella is a fifth-year senior who will have another 10 days of practice under his belt before the Clemson game. Tella is recovering from a high ankle sprain.

· LB Roger McIntosh is on the first unit at strongside linebacker with MLB Romeo Davis and WLB Jon Beason.

· FS Kenny Phillips has taken over for Anthony Reddick in a starting role at this point. Phillips was second on the depth chart behind Reddick before the torn ACL. Phillips played in the second half of the game Monday and finished with one tackle.

· LB Willie Cooper could move back to safety with the injury to Reddick.

· FS Anthony Reddick tore his ACL on Monday in the second quarter. He will miss the rest of the 2005 season. Reddick was at practice today in his practice uniform.

· LB Tavares Gooden has been ruled out for the Clemson game with a shoulder or arm injury. He was in a sling along the sidelines. A timetable for his return is unknown at this point.

· DT Baraka Atkins has what Coker calls a knee "bruise". He is expected to resume practice on Sunday or Monday. When Coker was asked if he expects him to play against Clemson, he responded, "oh yeah, no doubt".

· OL Derrick Morse is still out with a fracured shoulder. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

· RB Andrew Johnson is still recovering from an ACL injury he suffered last December. Johnson could be cleared to practice within a month, but it is still unsure whether or not he will play this season or redshirt and come back next year as a sophomore.

· DT Teraz McCray, CB Glenn Sharpe, and CB Carlos Armour are not practicing and are still recovering from ACL injuries. All three will miss the 2005 season.

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

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