It didn’t take long for the University of Miami to lose two of its experienced receivers to injuries Saturday in the Hurricanes’ 45-0 season-opening victory over Bethune-Cookman.
How long those receivers are out remains to be seen.
Without specifying the nature of their injuries, Coach Al Golden said during a Sunday-night teleconference that sophomore Braxton Berrios and junior Stacy Coley were “day-to-day.”
“We’re fortunate on Brax,” Golden said. “We dodged a bullet there.”
Golden confirmed that Coley injured his left hamstring, not his ankle as UM reported the night of the game.
Both players were hurt in the opening drive Saturday. Berrios, seen grimacing in pain as he lay on the field surrounded by medical personnel, twisted his left knee when he reached for a pass by Brad Kaaya that was low and off target.
Coley was hurt after catching a swing pass and getting hit for a 2-yard loss.
Golden said he didn’t think anyone else was injured, then added that “obviously we just got done playing, so there are some bumps and bruises and things, but I don’t think there’s anything more from a significant standpoint right now.”
Last year, Berrios and Coley combined for 416 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
The Canes resume practice at 1 p.m. Monday, usually a day off, but not this week because they face FAU (0-1) in Boca Raton at 8 p.m. Friday.
Despite leading by 10 points twice in the second half, the Owls lost 47-44 in overtime at Tulsa on Saturday.
When Golden was told that FAU was calling Friday’s matchup the biggest home game in program history, and then asked what it means for the Canes to come up the road to “a little bit of a mixed crowd,” he said the team was “just excited about the opportunity to play again, that’s it. …We know who we’re playing. We know the energy they’re going to have. We obviously know they can score points in bunches. And knowing that early in the week, that’s great.”
The coach was asked about Kaaya playing most of the game in the shotgun formation, giving himself more time to scan the field and find an array of receivers and sometimes multiple tight end/H-backs.
“It’s just a function of some of the play calls with Brad being a lot more comfortable with everything,” he said.
“He’s playing with a lot more poise, can run the operation really well. He’s really confident in his hands and his ability to get the snap, whether it’s from the pistol or the shotgun. …We’ve got some receivers and tight ends that can flex out… We want to be able to do it all. We want to be able to be under center and in the gun and get in the pistol and mix it up on people.”
This and that
▪ The coach lauded the second-team offensive line, saying he was “really pleased” with the way they played together — “Hunter Knighton in the middle, [right guard] Joe Brown, Tyler Gauthier at left guard and [tackles] Kc McDermott and Tyree St. Louis.”
Golden said they were energetic, communicated well and blocked the right people. “They played aggressively… and certainly some of those guys by the way they played have earned reps and have earned to be in the competition — Kc among them.”
▪ Golden also praised second-team defensive linemen Anthony Moten, R.J. McIntosh, Chad Thomas, Kendrick Norton and Demetrius Jackson.
“They ended up getting a lot of pressure on the quarterback, they tackled well and were aggressive. There’s a great competition coming out of that and going into week two we’re far from being settled as a team.
“We’re just starting this journey. Saturday is gone. We turned the page.”
UM at FAU, 8 p.m. Friday