Scout Teams Give Hurricanes Good Look at the Gators

Dec. 21, 2004

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami’s 14th-ranked football got great effort from its scout team on Tuesday afternoon at the Greentree Practice Fields in a padded practice in preparation for the Florida Gators in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

The Hurricanes are in the holiday spirit with the Gators just around the corner on Dec. 31 for a 7:40 p.m. kickoff on ESPN in the Georgia Dome. It will be the fourth meeting between the two schools dating back to the 2001 Sugar Bowl. Miami is has won five straight over the Gators dating back to the mid 1980s.

“This is a great way for us to spend the holidays, practicing football,” head coach Larry Coker said. “I haven’t bought any presents, but that is OK because it keeps me out of the malls. There is plenty of room and a lot of fun out here (on the practice fields). “

The Miami scout teams spent the day challenging both the first-team offense and first-team defense as they gave UM its best possible look at the Gators.

“The scout team did a great job today,” Coker said. “They are really running around and having a lot of fun. They are making us better, and we definitely need that. It was a good day today, and tomorrow will be a little lighter before we break for Christmas.”

Miami will wrap up its pre-Christmas practices for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Wednesday with a 9:30 a.m. practice at the Greentree Practice Fields. The Hurricanes will then break for Christmas before leaving for Atlanta on Sunday, Dec. 26.