Practice Report: 9/15

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes held a light practice today in preparation for their game Saturday.

The team practiced in shells for less than two hours beginning at 3:20 p.m.

It was announced today that Miami will host Florida State in the 2006 opener on Labor Day, September 4.

"We had a good day today. It was a good finish for us. We had a lot of special teams work. It was not a physical day. We need to get rested. The main thing is we have to have focus and a lot of energy. We have to play four quarters. They have done a good job of playing four quarters."

"If you lose you'd like to get back on track and play the next night. We are going to make a positive out of the bye week, how much it helped we will find out around 7:30 on Saturday evening."

· CB Randy Phillips got a little work in with the first unit on a nickel situation. Phillips was relegated to a special teams role in the opener, but is ready to play when his number is called.

· DT Kareem Brown is expected to start at left tackle alongside Orien Harris. Brown had two tackles in the game against Florida State. He is 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior who appears ready to take his game to the next level.

· RB Tyrone Moss has pleased Coker with his performance in practice the last two days and has been named the starter by Coker. "I was really encouraged with what I have seen. I didn't think he would be quite as quick as he is."

· DT Baraka Atkins practiced well today and Coker was happy with his progress. "He wanted to participate in everything, but we held him out of some things," Coker said. He is still expected to play, but might not start in favor of Kareem Brown.

· LB Tavares Gooden is out for the Clemson game with a shoulder injury he suffered in the first game against FSU. A timetable for his return is unknown at this point.

· 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.

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

Tuesday, September 20 at 3:20 p.m.

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

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