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UM offensive line still trying to find right combination

UM quarterback Brad Kaaya prepares to take the snap from center Nick Linder against Florida Atlantic at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.
UM quarterback Brad Kaaya prepares to take the snap from center Nick Linder against Florida Atlantic at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. adiaz@miamiherald.com

The Hurricanes continue to practice different combinations at offensive line, with no less than five lineups used during the early part of practice Tuesday when starting quarterback Brad Kaaya was under center.

The seven working various spots: tackles Trevor Darling, Sunny Odogwu and Danny Isidora; guards Kc McDermott, Joe Brown, Alex Gall and Isidora; and center Nick Linder.

“We’re going to work it until we get it right at a consistent level,” offensive coordinator James Coley said. “We’ve got a bunch of young guys. … Nobody has really solidified their spot. We’re making them compete for it. We can’t continue having certain penalties, and part of that is finding the right guys [to] take ownership and earn their spot.”

Darling revealed Tuesday that each lineman who commits a game penalty must now do 250 up-downs afterward. The punishment for a penalty during practice is 50 up-downs.

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