University of Miami

Miami scrimmage rescheduled for Thursday because of lightning

The University of Miami football team practices in the rain on August 16, 2016.
The University of Miami football team practices in the rain on August 16, 2016. sdegnan@miamiherald.com

For the second week in a row, Miami’s football scrimmage was postponed Wednesday morning by lightning and inclement weather.

The Hurricanes, who begin the season against FAMU on Sept. 3, have rescheduled the closed scrimmage – a practice game to prepare for the Rattlers — for Thursday morning.

Next week might be even more challenging, as a tropical wave expected to develop into a tropical storm could be headed toward South Florida.

On Wednesday, the players got outside on Greentree Field and had just finished warming up when the lightning alarm sounded – and never sounded again in time to have the players return to the field.

They watched film and went to their classes, which began Monday. So, unlike last week, when the scrimmage was moved to Wednesday night, that was not an option.

Former UM left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who won the Outland Trophy in 2001, posted on Twitter and Instagram that he and fellow former Canes and Dolphins lineman Vernon Carey visited the team Wednesday to watch.

“[Offensive line] Coach [Stacy] Searels allowed us to talk about the importance of technique, communication & trusting the guy next to you,’’ McKinnie posted. “3 important keys to being a successful Offensive Line.’’

He told the Miami Herald by phone a couple hours later that the Hurricanes were very appreciative.

“It looks like to me the kids are buying in and trying to do what the coaches are telling them to do,’’ McKinnie said. “Me and Vern were saying we wish we had somebody who could have come in and shared their knowledge with us when we played.

“Those guys really appreciated that we took the time to see them and talk and give them pointers. At the end of the day, everybody wants to see the program win.”

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