Practice Report: 10/20

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes held a short practice today after learning about the postponement of Saturday's game.

The team practiced for roughly 90 minutes today beginning at 3:00 p.m.

The team will practice the next two days, but could have either Sunday or Monday off, a decision has not been made yet.

"Today was a good day for us. This was a teaching day. There was a lot of learning and a little conditioning. We tried to get guys healthy and back on the field, back in the flow of things. The routine is broken up, but we are going to try to make the best of it."

"It can be difficult to shift our focus to North Carolina. That is why yesterday we didn't focus on North Carolina, we practiced us against us--good people against good people. We already have the North Carolina stuff on the board and we are looking at what tape we have on them."

· There has been a report in regards to Miami's search for a defensive line coach that Nebraska's defensive line coach John Blake is on Coker's short list. Here is Coker's response:

"I know John well. John and I coached together at Oklahoma. We haven't talked in a long time. I will have a short list, but I am not going to discuss that until the end of the season. I am going to put it on the backburner and try to win the rest of these games as the season progresses."

· QB Kyle Wright is progressing each day with his thumb injury. "If we had a game today, I think Kyle would play," Coker said. Wright is a guy that will benefit with the extra time off.

· DE Teraz McCray was back in shoulder pads and stayed after practice yesterday running sprints with defensive coordinator Randy Shannon. McCray does not know if he will play this year, but it should not be ruled out since he does not have a redshirt season remaining.

· DE Bryan Pata is still out with a knee sprain. He would not have played this week.

· DT Dwayne Hendricks is out with an elbow injury, but the extent is unknown. When asked if he will miss the rest of the season, Coker responded, "I don't know that. We will see how it progresses. But it would not surprise me, but I don't know that yet."

· LB Tavares Gooden is still out after recovering from shoulder surgery.

· LB Darryl Sharpton is not practicing due to a knee injury, but did run around well today. "I was impressed with how he ran around today/ He is day-to-day and we will see how he comes along. We'll see much of the season is left when he is released to play."

· FS Anthony Reddick, CB Glenn Sharpe, and CB Carlos Armour are not practicing and are still recovering from ACL injuries. All three are expected to miss the 2005 season.

Friday, October 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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