Practice Report: 10/4

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes began preparation for Duke today despite the rain.

The team practiced for two hours today in the middle of light and heavy rain.

It was announced earlier today that the team will wear 1967 throwback jerseys in the October 29 game against North Carolina at home. The jerseys are green tops with gold pants and a gold helmet with the 'hurricane warning' flag on the side.

"Today was a good day for us. I believe we got better today. I liked what I saw on offense. We needed to get some work in the rain. If we get the rain on Saturday for the game, then we are ready for it."

· The Hurricanes lead the nation in pass efficiency defense (80.18). It is a statistical category the team has consistently been very good at in recent years. "That is something we strive to be good on every year," senior cornerback Kelly Jennings said. The team also has a high goal each game of not letting teams passing for 50 yards in a game. "That is something we take to heart," Jennings added. Last week they allowed 69 yards passing on 31 attempts.

· LB Glenn Cook played substantially against USF and has really stepped up his game recently. Coker anticipates playing Cook more throughout the season and is a guy that could be moved inside to middle linebacker if they are looking for a replacement to Leon Williams and Romeo Davis.

· CB Marcus Maxey practiced today and is likely to regain his starting position after Devin Hester filled in last week assuming he does not have any setbacks with his foot. Hester played in 60 plays last week and according to Coker, it was "too many".

· In the fourth quarter against USF, Miami led 20-0. Facing a 4th-and-goal from the 1-yardline, Tyrone Moss rushed for the touchdown. When Coker was asked if they had talked it over on whether or not to go for it, he responded, "we didn't talk it over, I talked it over with Dan Werner and to have a fourth down call ready. We went for it--we needed something good to ignite us a little bit."

· RB Derron Thomas and WR Sinorice Moss made some nice breakout plays against the scout team defense. Both players are arguably the most dynamic playmakers on the offense besides Hester. Getting them more touches would greatly improve the offensive firepower.

· Earlier in the day at the press conference, Coker was asked if he believes he is calling out more of his players in the media. He responded, "I find myself doing it more. Sometimes you have to tell it like it is. Let's not sugar coat things. There is more of a need to do it and I don't have a problem with it. It is nothing personal, it's the busines side of things. You have your responsibilities, get the job done."

· SS Greg Threat is expected to play this weekend after not playing last week due to a thigh bruise.

· WR Darnell Jenkins has an ankle sprain according to Coker and did not practice today. Jenkins was in a hard cast to immobilize it.

· OL Cyrim Wimbs sprained his ankle in the game against USF. He did not practice today and was in a walking boot. It does not appear he will be ready to play against Duke.

· LB Tavares Gooden had shoulder surgery yesterday and it went well. "He needed to have it done, but there were some definite things that needed to be repaired."

· CB Randy Phillips will not play against Duke, but Coker hopes to "get him back in a couple of weeks".

· LB Darryl Sharpton will not play against Duke. Sharpton suffered an ankle injury against Colorado and is expected to miss at least a couple of games.

· 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, October 5 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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