Practice News & Notes: Oct. 31

News and notes around the football team as they prepare for #23 Virginia Tech.

OFFENSIVE NOTES

• Backup QB Kirby Freeman has been the topic of conversation lately after starting QB Kyle Wright had two turnovers and was sacked six times last game. Freeman has played in three games this year although the plan has been to play him in every game regardless of the score.

"I haven't (played much) and I am not happy about that, but at the same when you lose games it magnifies everything especially when you have the U on the side of your helmet," said Freeman, a sophomore from Brownwood, Texas.

In his first two seasons at Miami, Freeman has completed 25-of-48 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns.

"I want to play, it is as simple as that," said Freeman, who made a decision to stay at Miami in the offseason after contemplating transferring. "I feel like I can play. It is just up to these coaches. That is all there is to it."

• WR Lance Leggett (32-467-2) is receiving criticism for the plays he did not make last week against Georgia Tech, but Coker thinks he will be able to rebound from that as opposed to last year when he let the problems linger. Coker believes this year is different because Lance is more mature. Coker said: "I am excited about the progress he made." Leggett was a little bit slow on Tuesday with a knee injury, but is expected to be fine for Saturday.

• WR Ryan Moore practiced Tuesday and looked "good" according to Coker. There is no change in Ryan's status for Saturday and it is a wait-and-see approach.

• OL Alex Pou has a right knee sprain and did not practice.

DEFENSIVE NOTES

• Coker praised the defense after practice saying they were "really efficient and practiced fast".

• LB Jon Beason (left knee) will start this week and is practicing with a knee brace on due to doctor's orders. He only missed 1 game due to the injury and played sparingly last week. Coker said: "He's genetically gifted. He healed fast, a lot faster than we thought he would."

• DE Baraka Atkins had his best game of the year last week recording two sacks. Coker praised his senior from Sarasota for his efforts.

• LB Glenn Cook is fifth on the team in tackles with 27. Against Georgia Tech, Cook scored the first non-offensive touchdown of the season with a 19-yard fumble return.

OTHER NOTES

• The team is spending extra time working on avoiding penalties.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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