Practice Report: Aug. 29

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes held a longer practice in the morning before a day off tomorrow.

"Players need to get in and get where they need to be, get hydrated, rested and get ready for hopefully a normal Thursday with not a lot of damage around the area. We were out here for a long time today. We'll cut some time off those practices later in the week."

• CB Glenn Sharpe is a guy who is expected to have a big year this year. Sharpe has been dealing with a quadricep injury this fall, but is expected to be ready to go on Sept. 4.

• OL Jason Fox is currently the first-team right tackle, but that does not necessarily mean he will start. Coker said today that there will 2-3 guys that will be ready to play in that position and one has to figure that Tyrone Byrd, when healthy, will start. Chris Rutledge is also still in the mix although it does not look favorable at this time.

• Offensive Coordinator Rich Olson on the right tackle situation: "They are all capable of having success, it just comes down to consistency. It isn't a physical situation where one is better than another, because they are all good in their own way, and if they need help, then we can help them by getting a tight end or a back over there. Whoever is the most consistent is going to start. Nobody has separated themselves at right tackle."

• RB Javarris James and WR Sam Shields are two true freshmen expected to play on offense. Olson has no problems playing young players, "Fortunately, if you had to play a freshman, those positions are where they would have the best chance for success. Wide receivers, running backs, and corner backs can all play as freshmen. I am not scared, they will be fine. I don't think the game is too big for either one of them. When the lights go on, they are not going to get scared."

• CB Randy Phillips compares to former UM cornerback Antrel Rolle physically according to defensive backs coach Tim Walton. "That is a good comparison. Randy is a big kid and is probably going to grow a little bit more. He has good ball skills and I am pleased with him, he is going to do well."

• LB Colin McCarthy is another freshmen who will definitely play this season according to Coker.

• The freshmen defensive linemen: DE Steven Wesley, DT Chaz Washington, and DT Josh Holmes are expected to redshirt according to defensive line coach John Palermo. Wesley has been dealing with a shoulder injury lately.

• WR Terrell Walden practice today and looked "awfully good", Coker said. Walden, a junior, has caught two passes for 17 yards in 10 games in his career. He is expected to be a bigger contributor this season.

• OL A.J. Trump twisted his right ankle--the same one he sprained earlier this month--during Monday's practice and did not practice Tuesday. He was in a walking boot, but expects to be out of the boot on Thursday and be ready to play against Florida State.

• LB Glenn Cook is "definitely expected to play" in the opener according to Coker. Cook, a middle linebacker, could re-gain his starting position back from recently promoted Romeo Davis.

• WR Khalil Jones has a sprained ankle and has not been practicing. He tried to practice some on Tuesday, but Coker does not anticipate him playing in the opener.

• RB Andrew Johnson is the scout team running back. He is wearing the #28 green jersey to replicate FSU running back Lorenzo Booker.

• LB James Bryant is the scout team middle linebacker. He is wearing the #7 jersey to replicate FSU linebacker Buster Davis.

• Other notables on the scout team: QB Jorge Fernandez, RB Tyrone Moss, RB Kylan Robinson, OL Cyrim Wimbs, OL Matt Pipho, OL Chris Barney, OL Joel Figueroa, TE Richard Gordon, TE Dedrick Epps, CB Carlos Armour

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com


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