Practice Report: Sept. 20

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes practiced an hour earlier to avoid the rain.

"Today was very similar to yesterday. We did a lot of situational things. It was a pretty physical day. Guys practice hard and we pushed them through. Again, the coaches were coaching with a lot of energy. The guys are giving great effort in practice. Sometimes you have to push and challenge--guys did that today. We felt like we had a good day today."

•Coker is happy with QB Kyle Wright's performance this year. On the season Wright has thrown for 576 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT, while completing 65 percent of his passes. Wright will remain the team's starting quarterback with QB Kirby Freeman as the back-up.

• WR Darnell Jenkins has not practiced the last two days due to a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his right knee. Jenkins suffered the injury in the second half of the 31-7 loss to Louisville on Saturday. He plans on having the fluid drained out on Monday, Sept. 25 and be ready for UM's next game against Houston on Sept. 30. "More than likely I will probably be back against Houston," Jenkins said. "It's coming along real well and after I get the fluid drained I will be able to do more things."

• Coker is "really encouraged" by the offensive line. Coker said: "I think we are ahead where we were a year ago at this time. Guys are really doing a good job. I don't have any complaints about the offensive line."

• OLs Reggie Youngblood and Tyrone Byrd are expected to play against Houston according to offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.

• Wide receivers coach Marques Mosely will be recruiting in the Washington D.C. area this weekend.

• WR Ryan Hill is the likely candidate to be the team's No. 3 receiver with the injury to Jenkins. Juniors Terrell Walden and Khalil Jones also could be in the mix.

• OLs A.J. Trump and Alex Pou could receive more playing time as guard/center combos.

• Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon said the defensive line is at the same point they were a year ago in terms of not getting enough sacks. They currently have three, which ranks 90th in the country.

• S Brandon Meriweather has the team's only interception. Last year the team had 14 on the season.

• TE Greg Olsen is a guy that is being counted on to produce more. Instead of taking what defenses are given to him, he is trying to do too much according to offensive coordinator Rich Olson.

• DE Baraka Atkins has just 6 tackles on the season, but has recovered two fumbles. Prior to this season the only fumble he recovered was in 2004, when he returned it for a touchdown.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com


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