UM football

Miami Hurricanes offense shines in open practice

Miami coach Al Golden said the program’s return to a bowl game will help the Hurricanes with their recruiting efforts.
Miami coach Al Golden said the program’s return to a bowl game will help the Hurricanes with their recruiting efforts.
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Special to the Miami Herald

For the fourth and final time of the postseason, the UM football team hosted a practice open to the public in preparation for its matchup against Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl Stadium on Dec. 28.

Players and coaches were not available to speak after practice, which was moved up from 1 p.m. to a noon start.

Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (knee) and defensive end Anthony Chickillo (toe) were out of their yellow “limited participant” jerseys. Dorsett did not participate in one-on-one drills between receivers and defensive backs.

Healthy team

The team came out of practice relatively healthy. Defensive tackle Curtis Porter walked off gimpy during 11-on-11 drills and cornerback Artie Burns was seen limping momentarily after slipping in coverage against Allen Hurns, but Burns returned to practice later.

Hurns, who led the Canes in the regular season with 1,138 yards on 60 receptions, tormented the secondary, scoring three touchdowns.

He beat Ladarius Gunter deep in single coverage twice — both throws by redshirt junior quarterback Ryan Williams, who will compete next season with redshirting freshman Kevin Olsen for starting quarterback duties.

Williams and Olsen received most of the reps while Morris was inserted toward the end of practice.

Showing the potential of a combination that could become prevalent next season, Williams hit junior college transfer tight end Beau Sandland for a touchdown.

Morris led a flawless two-minute drill, picking apart the defense and capping the drive with a touchdown pass to walk-on Garrett Kidd.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the quarterbacks. Some passes sailed smoothly into hands of defenders.

Linebackers Thurston Armbrister, Denzel Perryman and Tyriq McCord all had interceptions.


• University of Miami president Donna Shalala was at practice for the first 10 to 15 minutes.

• The canes had originally scheduled five practices open to the public, but the fifth one, initially set for Sunday, was canceled earlier in the week to allow players time to study for finals, which run through Wednesday at UM.

• The Hurricanes return to the practice field Tuesday. They depart for Orlando on Dec. 22.

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