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Miami Hurricanes staying healthy during camp

 
 
University of Miami coach Al Golden is shown during football practice at the University of Miami camput in Coral Gables on Aug. 8, 2014.
University of Miami coach Al Golden is shown during football practice at the University of Miami camput in Coral Gables on Aug. 8, 2014.
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After the first six days of camp, only one UM player is not fully healthy and has not participated full go in practice.

And that Cane — senior quarterback Ryan Williams and his surgically repaired right knee — came into camp that way. While Williams is at practice every day and has even take a few snaps, so far all the others have competed free of injury.

“Pretty healthy,” coach Al Golden said when asked about his team. “We’re strong, we’re mature, and we’re in great shape. Now we’ve just got to continue to be smart. As I said to them last night, injuries are a part of this game, and we do everything we can to minimize that, in terms of the way we practice, what days we’re off, how much we [have] contact. A lot of it, to be honest, has to do with the maturity of the team. We get a lot done with this team in a jog-through setting, meaning no contact. Just going throw our calls, our routes, our drops.… That helps them, obviously, physically.

“We’ve got to continue to knock on wood, pray, keep making good decisions, take care of each other on the field, no cheap shots.”

• The team ended Sunday’s practice with an offense vs. defense dodgeball game. “I refrained,” Golden said. “I caught it on tape. Wow. There’s some bad athletes playing dodgeball, that’s all I can say.”

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