Practice Report: Aug. 15

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes completed their second two-a-day of the fall.


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"We got some good work done today. I was really pleased with the effort. I hate to be redundant, but we really did some teaching today. Guys are leaning. We have some bumps and bruises we have to get healed up. I told them now, I know guys are tired, but don't get tired mentally. You are supposed to tired this time of year, that is what it is all about every since you have been in pee-wees. I think all in all, it has been a good camp for us."

"It was a good situational day for us. It was a hot day, we had two practices today. But we moved around pretty well."

· QBs Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman are throwing the deep ball a lot better according to Coker. This is a very encouraging sign considering this was a constant issue in the past.

· WR Sam Shields played with the first unit today along with Darnell Jenkins and Lance Leggett. "He did fine, but nothing overly exciting, which is good because it means some of the other guys are involved too," Coker said. Shields is still coming along and has three weeks to get the offense down to make sure he can we a weapon against Florida State.

· Receivers coach Marques Mosely said he wants six receivers he feels comfortable with in the rotation. Right now the top six guys are: Ryan Moore, Darnell Jenkins, Lance Leggett, Sam Shields, Khalil Jones, and Terrell Walden.

· S Brandon Meriweather was held out again today for the third day with a knee injury. He had his knee wrapped and was at practice. Coker said it is a knee bruise. Meriweather worked with the jugs machine after practice.

· RB Javarris James has been impressing Coker and his teammates. "He will help us this year," COker said. Some veteran players on the offense believe James will be a 3-year guy before going to the NFL. High praise for a freshman just eight days into his first camp.

· RB Charlie Jones did not go through contact drills again today, but is picking up the tempo according to Coker. This is the seventh straight day he has missed this fall.

· RB Derron Thomas practiced today, but was slowed with his groin injury and hip flexor.

· WR Ryan Moore hurt his shoulder in the first practice and was in a sling in the second practice. Coker said it was a sore shoulder. Moore has been doing a good job in practice and is hungry according to receivers coach Marques Mosely. Moore will not be playing in the first two games, but it is important for him to take advantage of practice time.

· TE Dedrick Epps is a freshman expected to contribute this season. Epps is a guy that can play wide receiver according to Coker. He was not at the morning practice due to a personal issue, but was back for the afternoon.

· Former UM linebacker Willie Williams has transferred to Pearl River Community College in Mississippi. Coker said, "All I know is what I read and it seems like he's found a place he's pleased with and going to be. My relationship with Willie is good. We gave him an opportunity and I'm glad he has another opportunity. I just hope things work out well for him."

· Former UM wide receiver Akieem Jolla was at practice today and is visiting until Saturday. He is currently at New Mexico State and is excited about his senior season this year. Jolla is up to 205 pounds and recently got his knee scoped. During his career at UM, he caught 24 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns.

· OL Tyrone Byrd is moving around well, but did not practice today. Coker expects him back by Saturday, while Byrd thinks it will be sooner. It's important to get Byrd back in the starting lineup because of how he was progressing.

· WR Lance Leggett caught a 70-yard touchdown pass from Kirby Freeman in the second practice. Leggett has been especially tough getting off the ball and with his speed, he can be tough to contain.

· DT Teraz McCray is practicing and looking good according to Coker. McCray currently is the team's third defensive tackle while Antonio Dixon, Luqman Abdallah, and Dwayne Hendricks are competing for the fourth spot.

· The team resumes practice tomorrow morning.

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