The same four players (besides running back Mark Walton, who sustained a season-ending ankle injury at FSU) who missed Tuesday’s University of Miami football practice appears to have not practiced Wednesday, with one of them not even outside.
Offensive lineman Navaughn Donaldson, receiver Ahmmon Richards and cornerback Dee Delaney were on conditioning bikes, with safety Sheldrick Redwine not there.
The only one who looks as if he might be able to go (not certain, of course) if needed is Richards, who likely reaggravated his tender hamstring at Florida State and could not finish the game. Richards was pedaling with both feet and seemingly full force.
But 6-6, 350-pound freshman right guard Navaughn Donaldson still has the large black boot over his right foot and his limping and 6-1, 193-pound graduate transfer Dee Delaney (Two-time All-American out of The Citadel) still has the brace over his right knee. Both are only using their left leg to pedal.
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Receiver Braxton Berrios is practicing again with a no-contact, green jersey, but he should be OK for Coastal Division opponent Georgia Tech at 3:30 p.m. Saturday (ABC) at Hard Rock Stadium.
Defensive tackle Anthony Moten, who did not play at Florida State because of a “lower-extremity’’ injury that appeared to be his right leg, was practicing.
Speaking of Georgia Tech (3-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which is coming off an open week to heal and rest for the No. 11 Hurricanes (4-0, 2-0), the Yellow Jackets, who run the triple-option offense under coach Paul Johnson, have the nation’s second-ranked rushing offense (396 yards a game) and 20th-ranked total offense (479.3 yards a game).
Thus, as UM coach Mark Richt said Tuesday during his weekly news conference, “This is a game where our offensive scout team has to get after our defense. we have to block full-speed. We have to cut block full-speed. We have to play as fast as we possibly can.
“You can’t do a walk-through on assignments and get ready to play the game. The game is about defeating blocks, getting off of them and making tackles, and being disciplined to where you don’t let somebody spit out of there all by himself for an easy touchdown throw.’’
So, the scout team is incredibly important this week, though it never really can accurately simulate the speed and finesse of the Yellow Jackets.
Playing the part of vaunted Georgia Tech quarterback Taquon Marshall (first in the nation with 13.5 points a game, fourth nationally with nine rushing touchdowns and eighth with 130.8 rushing yards per game) are UM reserve quarterbacks Cade Weldon and Augie DeBiase.
Playing the role of Georgia Tech’s 6-3, 210-pound receiver Ricky Jeune (171 yards and three touchdowns) is Dayall Harris, whose last game of a three-game suspension is Saturday).
MARCUS LEMONIS’S GENEROSITY
Marcus Lemonis, the star of CNBC’s The Profit and CEO of Camping World, is donating $5 — and he suggested possibly up to $10 — to UM’s Indoor Practice Facility, now under construction, for every retweet of this tweet up to $100,000.
Last year, Lemonis donated $1 million in the “Match Marcus Challenge for Student-Athlete Excellence,’’ which raised an additional $2 million for UM athletics.
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