The major news of the day centered on injury issues. Earlier on Tuesday, head coach Larry Coker announced during the weekly press conference that split end Andre Johnson will miss the Temple game after minor shoulder surgery. He also announced that junior defensive tackle Santonio Thomas is probably out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle suffered against Florida.
On a positive note, tailback Frank Gore suited up for the full pads practice
for the first time this fall after missing all of the preseason recovering
from knee surgery. Gore, a sophomore, suffered a torn anterior cruciate
ligament during spring practice and underwent reconstructive surgery. He
could return in the next few weeks, but his prognosis for the season remains
unclear. Gore participated in limited activity and did not play in contact
drills on Tuesday.
Coach Larry Coker noted that the team looked rested and alert after the
"It was a really good day today, I think we needed (Monday) as a day off,"
Coker said. "Guys were rested and they flew around pretty well today and
that was good. We needed that. We hadn't had much time off since day one and
we had a very physical, hard week last week. I think it's going to be
important that we finish the week off and be fresh and in great condition.
We did condition today and we will continue to do that. It's going to be
important for us just to be able to play a lot of players. We're going to
play on artificial turf (Saturday at Temple) and the temperature is going to
be hot. If it's sunny, we're going to have a lot of heat."
On Saturday, UM will travel to Philadelphia for its first Big East
Conference contest against Temple. The game will be televised by the ESPN
Regional network from Franklin Field. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m. ET.
The following Saturday, September 21, the Hurricanes will welcome Boston
College to the Orange Bowl for a nationally televised battle on ESPN
beginning at 7:45 p.m. ET.
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