Practice News & Notes: Oct. 17

A recap of topics after Tuesday's practice as UM prepares to face Duke on Saturday.

Miami WR Ryan Moore practiced with the team on Sunday for the first time since his Aug. 26 incident with a woman.

It appears to be bad timing with all of the negative publicity surrounding the team lately as Moore is expected to be charged with two misdemeanors this week.

However Sunday's practice appears to be a one-time thing as Miami Coach Larry Coker said:

"Ryan Moore will not be able to practice until he's cleared all of the things he has to do. He did practice Sunday and that was probably my error."

When asked why Coker changed his mind on allowing Moore to practice Sunday, but not the rest of the week, he responded,

"Because I did."

Coker is hopeful Moore, who has 1,205 career receiving yards, will return to the team soon as Miami's offense ranks 63rd in the country averaging 24 points per game.

REDDICK ISSUES STATEMENT: S Anthony Reddick was suspended indefinitely following his actions during the brawl, in which he struck an FIU player with his helmet. Reddick made an official statement following Tuesday's practice:

"First I would like to express how deeply sorry I am for my actions and conduct in the game. The person that everyone saw me last Saturday was truly not me. It was not a good reflection of my character. I can only promise that this behavior will never be seen again."

INJURY UPDATES: In addition to 13 suspended players out against Duke, LB Jon Beason is highly doubtful to play as he suffered a knee injury in the FIU game. Beason is set to have an MRI on Thursday. He was not at practice on Tuesday and was in cast Saturday following the game.

TE Greg Olsen suffered a concussion in the first half against FIU and practiced very lightly on Tuesday. Olsen has not been medically cleared to play, but Coker sees him playing against Duke.

RT Jason Fox (ankle) practiced, which pleased Coker. If Fox is unable to start, OT Chris Rutledge would start in his place at right tackle.

SPOTS OPEN: With starters: CB Brandon Meriweather, RG Derrick Morse, and P Brian Monroe suspended for the game against Duke, three players will be in the starting lineup: CB Chavez Grant, RG Alex Pou, and P Daren Daly.

ATTENTION IS DRAINING: Coker admitted that the team did not have a very good practice on Tuesday and thinks all of the media attention surrounding the events has gotten to his team.

"Practice was good, but not as good as I would have liked," Coker said. "I think the guys are a little bit drained. They are probably watching too much TV, reading too many newspapers, and reading the internet a little too much and some of those things will drain you."

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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