Practice Report: Aug. 13

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes practiced in the afternoon after the players were given the morning off.

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"This was a little bit rested day as guys got the morning off and an opportunity to go to church, have dinner, or whatever. Obviously it was a little hot today, but that's good we needed that. We have to press on with those kinds of issues. Guys should be rested and in pretty good condition."

· LB Glenn Cook had surgery on Friday on is left knee. He hopes to be back for the FSU game.

· WR Darnell Jenkins caught an 80-yard touchdown from Kirby Freeman. He caught the ball 50 yards down field before running in for 30 more.

· OL Tyrone Byrd will not need surgery according to Coker. "He has a bruised knee, he should be fine in a few days," Coker said. "It showed he didn't need surgery so we are very encouraged by that."

· RB Derron Thomas was the first-team back again today, but Coker was not pleased with how physical he was. Thomas is a guy that is doing everything he can to be out on the practice field.

· S Brandon Meriweather did not practice today due to a knee injury. He expects to return to practice tomorrow morning.

· LB Romeo Davis is a guy that could receive the start at middle linebacker because of his familiarity of the defense and because the coaches trust him after starting nine games there last season. If LB Darryl Sharpton does not pick up the defense quick enough, it will be Davis starting against FSU and not Sharpton.

· RB Tyrone Moss was the last player off the practice field as he was working on some extra conditioning. Moss is still recovering from an ACL injury and expects to play in the Sept. 9 game against Florida A&M.

· OLs Cyrim Wimbs and Chris Rutledge are receiving the majority of the snaps with the first team at the right tackle position. Chris Barney is another guy in the running for the position.

· OL Alex Pou still has a cast on due to a broken right hand. Pou is a guy the team should look at with the right tackle position. Now a senior, he has the tools and athleticism to be a solid fit. It is just a matter of getting the opportunity and playing with a sense of urgency considering this is his final year.

· K Francesco Zampogna, a walk-on senior, is doing a good job handling kickoff duties. P Daren Daly is an option as well. It will be important for the player handling kickoffs to have a strong leg as the NCAA changed the rule saying they have to use 1-inch tees as opposed to 1 1/2-inch tees. Special teams coach Joe Pannunzio said Zampogna has been kicking the ball six yards deep on kickoffs.

· QBs Jorge Fernandez (6-4/210) and Matt Perrelli (6-3/230) are sophomore walk-ons competing for the the third spot on the depth chart. Fernandez, from Westminster Christian, has a good arm and good athleticism. Perrelli, from Jupiter, has good leadership skills although he does not have the same throwing ability as Fernandez. Perrelli is expected to be the team's holder this season.

· LB Colin McCarthy is the second-team strongside linebacker. McCarthy, a true freshman, is doing a good job of learning the defensive scheme which could enable him to play this year as oppose to redshirting. Current teammates believe he is picking it up faster than they were when they were in their first fall camp.

· S Tervaris Johnson has been impressing some of the seniors for his ability to make plays.

· Orlando Franklin was at practice again today. Franklin has not practiced with the team because he has not been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Coker remains optimistic Franklin will be cleared, but does not know for sure.

· The team resumes practice tomorrow morning.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com


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