Canes Play an Unusual Home Game

Gone were the 80,000 seats and fancy video boards of Dolphin Stadium. There was no glitz and glamour. Just football. For one night only, the Hurricanes were in action in the place where many of them first made a name for themselves, Miami's Traz Powell Stadium.

With former Miami greats Ed Reed, Reggie Wayne and Kenny Phillips in attendance, the current crop of Canes put their talents on display before about 5,000 Canes fans at the high school football stadium on Miami-Dade North's campus. The scrimmage was the first chance for Miami football fans to watch their beloved Canes in action since the Emerald Bowl loss to Cal and they did not leave disappointed.

"We came out tonight, wanted to make sure we understood what we had to get done as far as practice," coach Randy Shannon said. "It was a very physical practice. There were a lot of positives."

The Hurricanes' offense scored three touchdowns thanks to some talented running backs and a great catch by a veteran receiver.

But the defense was equally impressive intercepting a pass, recovering two fumbles and recording four sacks. Hurricanes defenders had several big hits in the backfield as well. Senior Javarris James got the Miami offense going on their eighth drive of the game. The veteran power back helped drive the team 65 yards for the first touchdown of the night. But that was not it for the ground game as another running back named James found also the end zone. Early enrollee Mike James looked like a veteran on his 35-yard touchdown run late in the scrimmage.

"I was happy to see the running backs do a lot of good things," Shannon said. "We weren't going to abandon the run game tonight – it was let's establish the run and try to stop the run."

The Canes showed they could throw too when Jacory Harris threw a 25-yard touchdown to Leonard Hankerson on the opening play of a drive. The junior wide receiver had an impressive showing as he also hauled in a 62-yard pass from Taylor Cook that led to a Miami field goal.

Coach Shannon was mostly pleased with his team's performance but knows there is still work to be done before the season kicks off in September.

"There were a lot of big runs," Shannon said. "And the defense did a lot of good things creating turnovers. The one thing that was a negative: the center-quarterback exchange wasn't good. There were too many balls on the ground. That's why you have spring football. You have to practice it. That was the one negative tonight."

The Canes have plenty of time to correct their mistakes before their next public appearance at BankUnited Canes Fest on March 28th at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. The free event begins at 8:30 AM with an autograph session before the annual spring game kicks off at 10:30 AM.

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