Practice Report: 9/9

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes held their last practice of the week today.

The team practiced in shells for one hour and 30 mintues beginning at 2:20 p.m.

"We have to go throgh mental errors and get fundamentally better, which is nice having an open date to work on those."

"Early in the year we like to spread out who the captains are based on who did well in the summer and in fall camp. Then we will let the team pick after two to three games."

"I think leadership is huge. People talk about senior leadership, but anyone can be a leader. I think we are developing a lot of leadership on this team--more than I have seen in the last few years."

· QB Kyle Wright's performance was "about what I expected", said Coker. "I'm not surprised. I thought we would protect him better. I thought he had to be a little more courageous than I hoped he would have to be. I thought he did well and made some nice plays after he settled in. He made some tough plays in tough conditions."

· At the beginning of practice the team worked on special teams. They always take time to work on special teams, which made it even more peculiar that they struggled in the game. It does not appear any moves will be made just jet, but Matt Pipho, Jonathan St. Pierre, or walk-on Ross Abramson could take over at long-snapper for John Rochford.

· WR Terrell Walden caught a nice touchdown pass going up against Devin Hester during 1-on-1 drills. Walden is currently seventh on the depth chart at receiver, but has shown a great deal of improvement since moving over to the new position in the spring.

· WR Ryan Moore caught everything thrown his way especially on quick out patterns. Moore also has the ability to go down the field like he showed during the game on Monday when he drew two pass interference calls that would have resulted in long gains.

· LB Darryl Sharpton earned praise from Coker for being a leader on the special teams. Sharpton is a 5-foor-11, 220-pound freshman from Coral Gables who made a number of plays from sideline-to-sideline. His primary role this season appears to be on special teams.

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

· 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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