Practice Report: Aug. 31

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes returned to practice after a day off yesterday.

"Today was interesting because we shortened down practice, but the intensity was good. You can tell things are starting to pick up and guys are starting to look like football players and starting to look like a football team. We need to play. We are down to a few workouts and its time to play."

• Coker hopes the game is a defensive battle once again with Florida State because he thinks highly of the FSU offense. "They are awfully good on offense," he said. He also noted that QB Drew Weatherford is the key to their offense.

• RB Javarris James is the team's backup tailback behind Charlie Jones heading into the FSU game according to James. The freshman from Immokalee is ready to make a big impact as soon as possible.

• WR Lance Leggett's confidence is back. He's ready for the opportunity to start and make plays. He credits his boost in confidence to his success in track during the spring when he was the ACC Champion in the 400-hurdles.

• OL A.J. Trump is still nursing his ankle, but Coker is hopeful he will be able to play. Trump is likely to be used in a limited role when called upon. He is valuable to the line because he can play either guard or center.

• OL Tyrone Byrd did "pretty much" everything today Coker said. He's still limited and is expected to be in the mix at right tackle along with Jason Fox.

• LBs Glenn Cook, Romeo Davis, and Darryl Sharpton are all in the mix as the starting middle linebacker spot. If healthy, Cook would be the favorite to start in the opener. If not, Davis would be the guy while Sharpton continues to learn the defense.

• OL Orlando Franklin will not be on the team this season according to Coker. Franklin did not get cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse, but could return in December. Prep school is an option for Franklin.

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