Practice Report: Aug. 24

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes resumed practiced after a day off yesterday.

"It was good to get some guys back healthy today. We are getting really close as far as getting guys back in. We have got a lot of players that want to play against Florida State and if you don't practice, you don't play. They know if they're healthy, they need to be in there and get some repitions."

· WR Lance Leggett scored two touchdowns on deep passes today. Leggett has outstanding speed and is averaging 17.3 yards per catch in his two years at UM. He has scored three touchdowns of 50 yards or more.

· OL Tyrone Byrd practiced today and did some good things according to Coker, but is not ready to play yet. With the FSU game just around the corner, Chris Rutledge appears to be the starter at right tackle with Byrd not fully healthy. When healthy, Byrd would be the starter. "I am encouraged by what I have seen from Tyrone."

· RB Charlie Jones practiced today and appears on his way back to playing on a full-time basis after suffering a hamstring injury in the first week of fall practices. Jones is expected to start at tailback for the 'Canes against Florida State. Last year against FSU, Jones was ejected in the first half after roughing up an FSU player during a punt.

· Ryan Hill is now playing wide receiver and doing well. "He is a football player," Coker said. "He can play defense or offense for us." Hill will play against FSU in the opener according to Coker.

· CBs Tervaris Johnson and Chavez Grant are also expected to play as freshmen this season. Johnson is in the mold of a safety at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. Grant is 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds.

· OL Matt Pipho is currently a back-up guard and is a guy who can also be used in multiple roles. Pipho is a 6-foot-7, 290-pound redshirt freshman.

· OL Alex Pou has had a broken hand and has not been able to practice in all contact drills. Today he was back practicing with a heavily padded cast. Pou, a senior, is looking to provide depth on the O-line that will feature a senior, two juniors, and two sophomores in the starting lineup against Florida State. Pou can play all three lineman positions and will be a key for the 'Canes this season.

· DT Teraz McCray is ready to go according to Coker. McCray is the third defensive tackle in the rotation and can play either LT or RT. He has played in 16 games in his career and has recorded 8 tackles for loss.

· WR Terrell Walden is still not full speed, but is practicing. Walden is a junior who is widely considered the fastest player on the team and is the smallest at 5-foot-10 and 168 pounds.

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