Practice Report: Aug. 26

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes practiced in the morning after a closed practice in the Orange Bowl last night.

"We had a lot of situational work today, which was very important to us. We had a pretty tough scrimmage last night. We didn't hold back much. It wasn't long, but we got a lot of kicking situations done last night. There was a lot of physical play and we came out of it with no injuries. Today was more non-contact, situational."

"The efficiency of our offense has really encouraged me. Obviously we're still playing awfully well on defense. We're fast and we're running well."

· RB Javarris James is battling for the back-up tailback position with Derron Thomas. Coker pointed out that the back-up running back is the next-best battle behind right tackle. "Javarris James has closed the gap and has showed he can really play".

· OL Chris Rutledge is the favorite to start at right tackle in the opener against Florida State. Rutledge is a 6-foot-5, 325-pound sophomore from Miami.

· OL Jason Fox is doing very well this fall. He played on the first unit at right tackle last night and could see some playing time against FSU.

· LB Glenn Cook hopes to be back for the opener after a knee surgery two weeks ago. Darryl Sharpton will likely start at middle linebacker in place of Cook.

· WR Ryan Moore has been suspended indefinitely. "I have suspended Ryan Moore indefinitely from this football team. Not that he won't return, but pending some action, I have made that suspension due to a violation of team policy and we'll see as this thing progresses."

"I will re-evaluate day-by-day," added Coker. "He may be back. It's disappointing any time you have to suspend a player."

· LB Jon Beason is one of many playes who are not a big fan of the NCAA's rule to disallow dark face shields. Some players like Beason might not wear a shield at all as opposed to wearing a clear one.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com


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