Practice Report: 9/27

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes begin preparation for South Florida.

The team practiced for two hours beginning at 3:20 p.m. with the light rain interrupting practice.

"We did get a good practice in--I am real pleased about that. Guys practiced well and we know we have a tough challenge Saturday. We look forward to finishing up and having a great week."

· The best part of practice today was the one-on-one drills between the offensive and defensive line members. There was a lot of talking going back and forth between the units, which is very typical.

· A quick look at the two-deep at the linebacker position:
1st-WLB Jon Beason MLB Romeo Davis SLB Roger McIntosh
2nd-WLB Willie Williams MLB Leon Williams SLB Glenn Cook

· Coker acknowledged his disappointment with the production at the middle linebacker position, but does not plan to make any changes at that spot. He plans on going with Davis and L.Williams in the middle as opposed to moving guys around. When asked if Beason or W.Williams could be moved inside he said Cook was more apt to move inside as opposed to the other two.

· The offense worked on a single coverage wide receiver play that sends the receiver deep. It is good to see the team work in a deep play in the offense, which features a lot of short to medium routes, however they were not very successful today at the deep ball. It is an area of concern as the season progresses and teams begin not to respect the deep passing game.

· OL Eric Winston stressed the importance of scoring inside the redzone. "It has been frustrating," Winston said. The Hurricanes will need to capitalize on their attempts inside the red zone as opposed to settling for field goal attempts.

· RB Charlie Jones made an excellent play along the sideline after catching a screen pass. Jones showed a great deal of burst when going by the linebackers and secondary for a long gain. On the year, Jones has 29 yards on six carries.

· OL Derrick Morse practiced today for the first time, but did not participate in contact drills. Morse anticipates going full-go next week and hopes to play October 8 against Duke.

· K Jon Peattie has been "inconsistent" according to Coker. Coker also admitting to not knowing much about kicking--other than when an official signals a field goal is good or not. Peattie is currently 6-for-10 on the year. And is 21-for-34 (62%) since making 22-of-28 (80%) as a freshman.

· SS Lovon Ponder continues to get more work in as a safety during nickel and dime situations. When Ponder comes in, Brandon Meriweather handles the nickel position.

· CB Devin Hester made a nice play today as he caught a screen pass and ran up the sideline. Most of Miami's screen plays tend to go to the right since it is an easier read for right-handed QB Kyle Wright.

· TE Greg Olsen made a fantastic one-handed catch today in traffic. Olsen is currently tied for the team-lead in receiving yards with 171.

· LB Tavares Gooden has been ruled out for the third straight game due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the first game.

· CB Randy Phillips will not play against South Florida due to a knee injury suffered against Colorado. Phillips was at practice with crutches and a full-leg cast. He is not expected to return to the field anytime soon.

· LB Darryl Sharpton also has been ruled out against South Florida. Sharpton suffered a leg/ankle injury against Colorado and is expected to miss at least a couple of games.

· CB Marcus Maxey is considered 'day-to-day' with his ankle injury. Maxey was in pads, but did not participate in a lot of drills. He does expect to play against South Florida. At this point, Maxey is considered questionable for Saturday.

· SS Greg Threat did not practice with a thigh bruise according to Coker. Threat was in pads, but did not participate in a lot of drills. At this point, Threat is considered probable for Saturday.

· TE Buck Ortega did not practice with an undisclosed leg injury. Ortega was in pads, but did not participate in a lot of drills. At this point, Ortega is considered questionable for Saturday.

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

Wednesday, September 28 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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