Hester Expects to Play Saturday

Devin Hester has missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury. He practiced on Tuesday and expects to play on Saturday in the 'Canes regular season finale.

Miami CB/KR Devin Hester has had an up and down junior season. He went through a three game stretch in which he dealt with dehydration.

He also strained two muscles in his hamstring, which caused slight bleeding against Virginia Tech on November 5. He missed the following two games including last week's 14-10 loss to Georgia Tech.

"I felt I could have played, but they decided to give it another week of rest with big games coming up," Hester said. "We didn't want to rush too much into it. It was tough knowing that I could have helped out a little or made a difference in the game, but they say things happen for a reason."

Hester practiced on Tuesday and is expected to play on Saturday.

"It feels good," said Hester, who tweaked the hamstring in practice prior to the Virginia Tech game. "It just gets a little tight every now and again. It is the type of pain that you just have to play through it. I just have to keep warming it up. When I come off the field, I have to keep it warm."

On the season, the explosive 5-foot-11, 185-pound Riviera Beach, Fla. native has one intereption, 57 yards rushing, and one reception (three yards) while averaging 21.3 yards per kickoff return and 14.9 yards per punt return with one touchdown.

With his talent and unique explosiveness, he could choose to forego his senior year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.

When asked whether or not it was something he thought about, he responded:

"I am just concentrating on the end of the season. I'm trying to just pick up where I left off and end off with a great season."

When asked if he will consider entering the NFL Draft, Hester responded:

"It is something I will think about. Right now I am just trying to end the season off as best as I can. I'm trying to end on a good note and then who knows."

Hester and Miami (8-2) have their final regular season game of the season on Saturday, November 26 against Virginia (6-4).

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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