Practice Report: 11/23

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The #10 Hurricanes practiced for two hours in preparation for their last regular season game in 2005.

The team practiced for two hours today beginning at 3:20 p.m. in the coolest weather all season.

Coker was asked whether or not he was going to have a big Thanksgiving dinner at his place. He told reporters wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson usually has a number of people over and the food is better there.

"Today was a typical Wednesday for us. It was a good day for us and guys moved around pretty good."

· LB Leon Williams has learned a lot about football and life in his five-year career at Miami. When Williams was a freshman in 2001 he had to deal with the 9/11 incident in which is mother worked in one of the buildings, but was late that day. On the field expectations were high and although his teammates have a lot of respect for the New York City native, the coaches have made it very clear they have not been happy with his performance in his career. Despite the loss last week Williams knows the team must bounce back.

"We set ourselves up to be in a good position, but all in all you may not get what you want. Things are thrown at you in life and you have to bounce back."

· FB Quadtrine Hill was asked by a reporter for his reaction to former 'Cane and current Oakland Raiders DT Warren Sapp's comments about the loss to Georgia Tech being a "a disgrace to the whole university and everybody that ever played there." Hill responded by saying, "I thought it was a disgrace, too. I thought we played terrible against a team we should have beaten. That team should have never been able to beat us on our worst day."

· QB Kyle Wright leads the ACC in touchdown passes with 17 in his first year as a starter. Earlier this week Wright offered his thoughts on if the team finishes 10-2, would it be a successful season. He responded, "We didn't go through all the hard work in the summer to go 10-2, fall short of an ACC title, not go to a BCS game, and not win a national title."

· RB George Timmons had an outstanding day of practice yesterday on the scout team. Timmons has been the scout team running back all season and has been doing a good job of providing the defense with a good look. Timmons, a redshirt freshman, has his work cut out for him to receive carries with fellow second-year running backs Charlie Jones, Derron Thomas, and Andrew Johnson ahead of him on the depth chart.

· DT Kareem Brown is the most athletic big man on the team and showed why again today. This year Brown has fielded punts during special teams drills, participated in throwing drills with the quarterbacks, and today he lined up at wideout. Not only did he line up at wideout, but he caught a pass and cut across the field towards the endzone.

· CB Devin Hester (hamstring) is expected to play on Saturday after missing the last two games and moved around well today. He is expected to assume kickoff and punt return duties as well as see time on defense and offense.

· LB Willie Williams (hamstring) did not practice today and is doubtful for the game on Saturday after not playing last week.

· DE Thomas Carroll suffered a concussion in the game on Saturday, but he will be ready to go in his last game at the Orange Bowl.

· FS Anthony Reddick (ACL), CB Glenn Sharpe (ACL), LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder), RB Tyrone Moss (ACL), and DT Dwayne Hendricks (elbow) are not practicing and are not expected to play the remainder of the season.

Thursday, November 24, at 9:30 a.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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