The Hurricanes had their first two-a-day practice session Monday, with the several “knock on wood’’ comments the previous day not doing much good regarding the Canes avoiding any new injuries in camp.
Quarterback Ryan Williams, rehabbing from knee surgery, was the only Hurricane through the first week wearing a red, no-contact jersey. But Monday, Williams was joined by first-team offensive guard Jon Feliciano and freshman first-team right tackle Kc McDermott.
UM coach Al Golden said, ‘Yup, held them out [Monday]. They’ll be full go [Tuesday] from what I understand.’ He did not elaborate on the injuries.
Also, in the morning session, freshman tailback Joseph Yearby, who sustained a broken fibula above his left ankle Nov. 30, walked off the field with trainer Vinny Scavo in the morning session. Yearby’s left ankle was iced and he missed the rest of the morning session, but was full go in the afternoon.
“He did great this afternoon so he’s doing good,’’ Golden said. “We’re just going to make sure we’re prudent with it. ... He’s a little bit behind Duke [ Johnson] in terms of when [the injury] took place. So, from that standpoint, he’s still trying to catch up. But he’s fine.’’
The Canes have their first day off Tuesday and will conduct their first scrimmage of camp Wednesday. After the scrimmage, which will be closed and in a controlled format, coaches will cut the quarterback competition down to two players, Golden said. Graduate transfer Jake Heaps and true freshman Brad Kaaya have taken most of the first-team reps, and are believed to be the two in contention for the starting job. Golden indicated Monday he’d have no qualms playing Kaaya in the opener at Louisville should he emerge the better performer.