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.
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.