Practice Report: Aug. 21

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Miami Hurricanes were scheduled to have two practice today, but the morning practice was cancelled due to rain and lightning.

"We were supposed to practice in the morning, but we didn't get a chance to do that with the weather We had good work in today. We had a day off yesterday and we had a lot of guys come back today healthy, which is good. We got a chance to look at some people and it won't be long where we don't have much flexible with football with classes starting."

· The team will have an open practice tomorrow from 7-9 pm at the Orange Bowl. The main thing Coker wants to work on is special teams as well as getting his players adjusted to the new lighting at the stadium. The practice will feature some "vanilla" work as the team works on fundamentals.

· Freshman Ryan Hill was moved to wide receiver after playing at cornerback the first two weeks. The move will help with depth at the position.

· DE Baraka Atkins moved back to defensive end in the spring and is doing well. Atkins has told Coker that he would move back to DT if needed. This is something to keep in mind if an injury would occur to a defensive tackle in the rotation--Kareem Brown, Bryan Pata, and Teraz McCray. DE Eric Moncur is the likely candidate to step up in a starting role if Atkins did move inside, which would give Courtney Harris more playing time.

· RB Charlie Jones practiced today and looked "pretty good" although a little bit "tentative" according to Coker. RB Derron Thomas also returned to practice.

· OL Tyrone Byrd's knee is "okay" according to Coker although he is not practicing. "He is not ready to play today," Coker said. "He is not 100 percent." Byrd is moving around pretty good when jogging, but is not receiving reps in contact situations.

· OL Chris Rutledge is filling in for Byrd at right tackle on the first unit, but Coker has not been overly impressed although he did say Rutledge has improved since giving up two sacks against Temple. Coker said: "He didn't have some problems at Temple, he had a lot of problems at Temple."

· The annual freshmen picnic at UM president Donna Shalala's house is tonight. Over 1,000 freshmen students are expected to attend including the members of the football team. "The get a chance to go eat, see girls, and things that freshmen are supposed to do," Coker said. "It's an amazing event."

· WR Terrell Walden was held out due to knee tendinitis on the same knee he had surgery on last December for a torn ACL. He is day-to-day.

· When Coker was asked if he was still frustrated with Saturday's scrimmage in which he told reporters he didn't think his team was good enough to beat Florida State. Today, after a day off, he responded, "Yeah I am frustrated because we are not as good as we can be. I don't know how good Florida State is, I don't have a clue. I anticipate them to be awfully good. I know they are talented--we're talented. Point being is that we are not playing as well as we can in some areas. That's the thing that we have to get corrected."

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com


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