Hurricanes sophomore safety Deon Bush has had more than his share of challenges the past few months.
The 6-1, 203-pound Bush is still rehabbing after sports hernia surgery in June, wearing a red, no-contact jersey during practice.
On Wednesday, his father, Gary, underwent surgery in an attempt to remove much of his cancerous liver and his gallbladder.
Deon’s mother, Michele, said through a text that although he was in considerable pain, Gary Bush was “recovering very well” as of Wednesday night.
• In addition to quarterback Stephen Morris being given a rest for his arm’s sake Wednesday, defensive end Shayon Green and receiver Malcolm Lewis were rested during practice. Backup quarterback Ryan Williams went with the first team and, according to UM, was picked off by Tracy Howard and threw a touchdown to Allen Hurns.
On the injury front, defensive end Anthony Chickillo (ankle) wore a yellow (limited contact) jersey, as did cornerback Corn Elder (hamstring).
Olsen Pierre, listed as a starting defensive tackle, practiced at end Wednesday.
Outside linebacker Thurston Armbrister, a junior, wore a black, first-team jersey Wednesday, with freshman Alex Figueroa, listed as a first-teamer on the depth chart, in green.