Practice Report: 11/1

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The #5 Hurricanes held their first practice in preparation for #3 Virginia Tech.

The team practiced for two today beginning at 3:20 p.m. It was a relatively cool practice with light rain at the end.

"We had a very good offensive practice today. This was one of the better Tuesdays we've had. This was a good day for us. Guys ran around well, I think we had a good start and it's kind of getting to be that time of the season where we need to really pick it up and practice well and we did today."

"We have to make sure we do the things we need to do in order to win the football game. We have to make sure we are prepared and I believe we will be. The guys are pretty anxious to play."

· QB Kyle Wright threw the "good" today according to Coker. At the press conference earlier in the day, Wright was asked if it had hit him yet that he would be playing in a game this week. Wright responded, "It really hasn't hit me yet. I think our guys are calm and confident. The guys are anxious to play."

· SS Greg Threat appears to have passed Lovon Ponder on the depth chart after receiving the majority of the playing time against North Carolina in nickel situations after Ponder played in the first half.

· DT Orien Harris received praise from Coker today when he was asked who is the best defensive player on the team. Harris was listed first by Coker who did pause before naming any names, but also added DT Baraka Atkins after Harris. "He needs to be a factor Saturday," Coker said. "He has had a great year."

· OL Rashad Butler is giving a lot of credit to the defense he faces every day in practice as opposed to the one he will face Saturday, "I think our defense is a lot better and faster."

· WR Terrell Walden is the scout team quarterback to replicate Virginia Tech QB Marcus Vick. Walden, one of the fastest players on the team, showed nice speed to the outside and broke through coverage once while scrambling. However, Walden is struggling with his passing.

· DE Bryan Pata is bothered by his knee again. At the end of practice Pata was jogging on his own trying to loosen up his knee as he wore a knee brace. "I think he is going to be fine," Coker said. "He is not ready to play yet. He practiced lighter today and we'll see how he feels after practice, and tomorrow."

· DE Eric Moncur suffered a concussion last game and practiced very lightly today. "That is something you don't mess around with," Coker said. "We want to make sure he is ready to go and I think he is, but we'll make sure he tests out before he is released to play."

· WR Sinorice Moss practiced today after suffering a sprained shoulder last week. He is expected to continue practicing this week and start on Saturday.

· RB Tyrone Moss was held back a bit in practice today due to soreness, but it is not his shin that caused him to be held back.

· DT Dwayne Hendricks is out with an elbow injury and it appears he will miss the rest of the season although there has been no official word to confirm that.

· LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder) and LB Darryl Sharpton (knee) are still slowed by injuries.

· DE Teraz McCray would like to play this year if he is back healthy after recovering from an ACL injury although there is no defined timetable for his return.

· 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.

Tuesday, November 2, 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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