For the first time since players reported to fall camp, Hurricanes coach Al Golden indicated there’s a leader in the punting competition, and that leader is Florida transfer Justin Vogel.
Vogel, a sophomore walk-on from Tampa, is competing against fifth-year senior walk-on Ricky Carroll.
“We’re feeling better about it,” Golden said. “I thought Vogel had a really good day today. Surprisingly, kicking off, too. Obviously we knew he was doing well punting. But this was his best kickoff day. It comes at a good time. …[Tuesday] is a big special teams day.”
Speaking of special teams, RB Duke Johnson said he is not doing any return work on kickoffs or punts. UM needs to protect his body.
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ORANGE AND BLACK
Here’s who was wearing orange jerseys for the offense at practice Monday morning. They signify either first-teamers or players who have recently performed well: RB Johnson, OT Kc McDermott, OG Danny Isidora, RB Gus Edwards, OT Taylor Gadbois, OT Ereck Flowers, WR Malcolm Lewis, FB Ronnie Regula, TE Standish Dobard, TE Clive Walford, WR Stacy Coley, WR Phillip Dorsett, C Shane McDermott, LG Jon Feliciano.
Here's who was wearing the black jerseys for the defense. They signify first-teamers or players who have recently performed well: DE Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE Anthony Chickillo, LB Denzel Perryman, LB Raphael Kirby, LB Darrion Owens, S Dallas Crawford, CB Corn Elder, DT Olsen Pierre.
• The Canes practiced at 7 a.m. Monday because it was the first day of classes and Golden wanted the players free to tend to academics, book-buying, schedules, etc.