Practice Report: Sept. 19

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes returned to practice for the first time since Saturday's loss to Louisville.

"The guys practiced extremely hard, we coached hard and we had a good day. The spirit was great."

On the bye week...
"It's a good time for us because it gives us an opportunity to get better as a football team. We need to get better. Before we beat anyone else, we have to beat Miami."

James Bryant has been moved back to fullback from linebacker and is expected to earn the starting position.

• FB/TE Chris Zellner suffered a high ankle sprain in the Louisville game. He is in a cast and crutches. He is doubtful for the Sept. 30 game against Houston.

• WR Darnell Jenkins suffered a pulled hamstring against Louisville. He did not practice today. He is questionable for the Sept. 30 game against Houston.

• OL Reggie Youngblood has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle. Coker expects him to return for the Houston game.

• LB Jon Beason said this was the hardest practice he has had in his four years at UM. Beason was cramping during practice, which is something he rarely ever does.

• The offensive line has had its struggles, but freshman OL Jason Fox is doing very well. Fox is the least of the concern along the line.

• OL Andrew Bain suffered a knee injury against Louisville. His status is unknown at this time.

• RB Javarris James is second on the team in all-purpose yards averaging 55 yards per game. He trails only Jenkins, who averages 77 yards per game.

• P Brian Monroe has 6 touchbacks of his 11 kickoffs this season.

• Miami is 9th in the country against the run allowing just 59 rushing yards a game. They are 29th in total defense.

• In regards to the recruiting class and the possible negative reaction by recruits. Coker said: "We are going to have a great recruiting class here."

• Offensive coordinator Rich Olson felt the sack fumble in the third quarter was the turning point in the game. UL scored shortly after to make it 24-7.

• The players are focused on making a run at the ACC title. Although things look bad, the team is just 0-1 in the ACC. Last year, Florida State won the ACC and finished 8-5.

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