Canes Hold Open Scrimmage Tonight at Traz

The Miami Hurricanes will have an open scrimmage at Traz Powell Stadium Friday night at 6 p.m.

The Hurricane held an open scrimamge last Saturday in front of 1,000 fans and ran 137 plays.

Coach Randy Shannon would not say whether he would like to run more or less plays than the last scrimmage.

Shannon is looking for the same thing as last scrimmage, which is seeing how players respond to what they've been taught throughout the spring.

Another encouraging sign is for the people of North Miami-Dade county to be able to check out the team.

"It will be great for them," Shannon said. "We got the south end covered last week on campus, we got the north end at Traz, and during August we are trying to go to Lockhart in Fort Lauderdale. Those are the things we are trying to do to get the community and fans out to support."

THINGS TO WATCH FOR

• QBs Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman will be battling it out once again. Last scrimmage, Freeman was 13-of-24 for 189 yards and a touchdown. Wright was 15-of-41 for 82 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.

• RBs Javarris James and Graig Cooper are looking to have better performances and long runs, something they were not able to do last Saturday.

• WR Lance Leggett caught seven passes for 102 yards last Saturday, but could be limited in Friday's scrimmage with a knee injury he suffered in Thursday's practice. Leggett had ice wrapped around his knee towards the end of practice, but no word on the extent of the injury.

• DE Eric Moncur is putting together a solid spring and defensive line coach Clint Hurtt wants to see Moncur take his game to another level in the scrimmage. He will be paying close to his junior on the rise.

• CBs Randy Phillips, Carlos Armour, Chavez Grant, and Doug Wiggins are looking to contain the passing game especially on the deep ball.

• Safeties Lovon Ponder and Anthony Reddick are in a battle for a starting spot alongside Kenny Phillips with the edge to Ponder since he started nine games last season.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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