Practice Report: 10/5

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes practiced for two hours in preparation for Duke.

The team practiced for two hours earlier today beginning at 3:20 p.m.

"Today was a good day. Guys really practiced fast today. We don't condition on Wednesdays during practice. We want them to run the drills with a lot of speed. Guys practiced fast which was good to see. A lot of good things happened today."

· RB Andrew Johnson practiced with the offense for the first time this season. He had been with the scout team for the last week, but today he was promoted to the offense. Johnson is expected to play this week, "He is looking good and I expect him to play some," Coker said. "We'll see how it goes the rest of the week. For sure, Tyrone will start and we'll see how we use the other guys as the game progresses."

· It is clear that Coker likes Johnson a lot and is not sold on Derron Thomas or Charlie Jones. Coker continues to call Johnson a 'homerun threat' and that he does not see it with the other backs. Thomas has not earned the confidence of the coaching staff to warrant more carries. If Johnson gets off to a good start this weekend, look for his carries to go up substantially later in the year.

· CB Marcus Maxey is expected to play Saturday and depending on how the week progresses he could start. "I am going to consider it," Coker said.

· LB Leon Williams is showing the coaches he is able to handle the middle linebacker duties. Last week he started for the first time this season and is expected to hold onto that role as he fights off Romeo Davis, who started the first three games. Despite his larger role on the team lately, Coker still is cautious about giving himi too much praise, "He is doing what we have advised him to do. I am not saying he is a great middle linebacker. Don't misunderstand me. I have seen some signs that I like and the way he is coming along."

· The quarterbacks and receivers spent a considerable amount of time working on their timing with the deep ball. It is not a pass they work on a lot during practice compared to their short and medium routes. In fact, deep routes are hard to find in the Miami playbook. With the added practice, look for Miami to look for the deep ball against Duke.

· WR Darnell Jenkins has an ankle sprain according to Coker and did not practice today. Jenkins was in a hard cast to immobilize it. He is expected to be in a walking boot at the end of the week and be re-evaluated. He will not play on Saturday and is questionable for a return against Temple.

· OL Cyrim Wimbs sprained his ankle in the game against USF. He did not practice today although he was suited up. He hobbled around quite a bit and will not play this weekend.

· LB Tavares Gooden had shoulder surgery earlier this week 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.

Thursday, October 6 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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