Team Resumes Practice Today

After taking three days off, the Hurricanes return to practice today at 3 p.m.

Miami will practice every day this week with the spring game on Saturday at 10 a.m., which is open to the public.

In the biggest battle of the spring, an interesting decision was made by Randy Shannon on Friday when Kirby Freeman was held out of the open scrimmage.

Shannon said Freeman was healthy and wanted to give the walk-ons a chance.

None of the walk-ons looked like they belonged and Wright struggled to find consistency completing 9-of-23 passes for 101 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.

Be sure to watch the Wright-Freeman battle on Saturday unless Shannon decides to hold Wright out of the spring game to make things even.

Other things to watch this week is the play of freshman tailback Graig Cooper. Cooper did not have a good scrimmage on Friday and did not take another snap after fumbling allowing Lovon Ponder to score on the play. Cooper is looking to be the primary back-up to Javarris James.

James finished with 98 total yards on Friday and made some good runs including a 22-yard run up the middle.

Sam Shields had the best night out of any offensive player catching four passes for 41 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his touchdown receptions were inside the redzone, an area UM has struggled with in recent years.

Lance Leggett will miss the rest of spring practices with a knee sprain. With Leggett out, the Hurricanes have just three scholarship receivers left--Shields, Ryan Hill, and Khalil Jones. Look for tight end DajLeon Farr to line up wide throughout this week like he did on Friday.

Cyrim Wimbs and Chris Barney have benefitted this spring with the injuries to Derrick Morse and Jason Fox. Chris Rutledge has received the majority of the reps at right guard and could find himself a starting position this fall. It looks like Fox will be at left tackle, Andrew Bain at left guard, Morse at center, Rutledge at right guard, and Reggie Youngblood at right tackle.

Youngblood has not played a lot of right tackle in his career, but the Canes are looking to put Fox at left tackle because they feel he is their best lineman.

On defense, a number of guys are getting an opportunity to play, but the positions are pretty much set. Calais Campbell, Teraz McCray, Antonio Dixon, and Eric Moncur are the front four with Tavares Gooden, Glenn Cook, Colin McCarthy, and Spencer Adkins competing for spots at linebacker as well as Darryl Sharpton who is out this spring with an injury.

Kenny Phillips and Ponder will be the starting safeties this fall assuming Ponder can hold off Anthony Reddick.

Cornerback is interesting because with Glenn Sharpe and Bruce Johnson out with injuries. Carlos Armour has stepped up as well as Randy Phillips. Chavez Grant and Doug Wiggins will receive playing time, but appear behind the aforementinoed players.

The kicking game is struggling right now with Matt Bosher and Daren Daly competing for the duty.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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