Practice Report: 9/19

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes practiced today instead of tomorrow due to Hurricane Rita.

The team practiced for two hours beginning at 2:20 p.m.

It was announced today that the October 1 game against South Florida at home will be at 8:00 and televised nationally on ESPNU.

"This was a great day today. This is normally an off day and I was concerned with how we would approach it, but we approached it really well. We ran around well and looked fresh and rested even though we weren't out late and didn't get much rest."

· RB Tyrone Moss and FS Kenny Phillips were named players of the week by the ACC for their performances. Moss was named the offensive back of the week after rushing for 139 yards and 3 touchdowns. Phillips was named the rookie of the week with 10 tackles and the game-clinching interception.

· SS Brandon Meriweather and FS Kenny Phillips both had 10 tackles apiece appear to be the starting safeties for the rest of the season with Greg Threat backing them up. All three players can provide the defense with great strengths.

· CB Devin Hester had eight plays in his 'package' each week. Offensive coordinator Dan Werner said they have used him in only about four of those plays. After Hester made the pass down field as opposed to taking a 3-yard gain on the designed run, Werner did not want to use Hester on offense in the rest of the game. However he will continued to be used on offense although he still needs to improve on his technique at cornerback.

· OL Reggie Youngblood and OL A.J. Trump have been working in with the second unit on the offensive line, but neither have played in a game although they have traveled. Both players are the future of the Miami offensive line--a line that graduates four seniors this year.

· QB Kirby Freeman participated in one play last game, a designed run to the right after faking to the tailback. The coaches would like to play Freeman more in the upcoming weeks, but only in the right situations.

· LB Willie Williams will continue to be worked into the lineup, but at this point he is still unlikely to be used in passing situations. He is doing a superb job at playing downhill.

· Coker mentioned that some of the guys will be watching the Redskins tonight which feature former 'Canes Santana Moss, Clinton Portis, and Sean Taylor.

· RB Charlie Jones was held out a bit during practice with cramps and it doesn't appear to be anything serious. Jones carried the ball six times for 29 yards against Clemson.

· LB Tavares Gooden did not play against Clemson and still appears at least another week away from returning.

· OL Derrick Morse is still out with a fracured shoulder. He is expected to miss 2-4 more weeks after suffering the injury on August 11.

· 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 Anthony 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.

Wednesday, September 21 at 3:20 p.m.

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


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