University of Miami football coach Al Golden made it clear Tuesday after the first session of the Hurricanes’ final two-a-day: Impress coaches now or risk being left behind.
One week before classes start at UM, the Canes are treating this as a game week, and by the time Sunday night rolls around — the eve of the start of the fall academic semester — a team will be born.
“This afternoon and tomorrow,’’ Golden said Tuesday morning, “if you’re going to move, it’s time to move. When we wake up Sunday, we’re setting a team.
“Not that guys can’t grow and develop — some guys are better in October than they are now, certainly. But we’ve got to move forward.’’
Golden said “Thursday is basically a walk-through, Friday is game simulation for 40 minutes, but we’re not evaluating anybody there.
“Then the [scrimmage] game is Saturday night.’’
▪ The players who wore yellow, limited-contact jerseys Tuesday were kicker Mike Badgley (hip), defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad (hip), receiver Braxton Berrios (hamstring) and defensive back Robert Knowles (unspecified).
▪ The coach praised 6-1, 200-pound freshman weak-side linebacker James King, a Miami Booker T. Washington graduate, as “a real bright spot’’ this camp. “He’s got his weight up. He’s fast. He’s 4.7 as a freshman. Throwing him in the mix has helped a lot.’’
▪ Golden said safety Jamal Carter “is having a great camp. He’s a bulldog. He’s relentless. And now he’s putting together being verbal and having command of the secondary. He’s always had a physical presence, but now he’s really settled in to playing the defense and executing at a higher level. His [mental errors are way down.’’
▪ Hurricane Hotline, on 560 WQAM during the season, will be hosted at the UM Rathskeller this year in the Shalala Student Center. Each week, Golden and various assistants and players will be guests. The first show will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 31.
Most of the shows will occur Monday nights, though the second show is Tuesday, Sept. 8.