Work Continues for Hurricanes in Atlanta

Dec. 28, 2004

ATLANTA – The Miami Hurricanes football team practiced for two hours Tuesday afternoon on the turf at the Georgia Dome in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets with their showdown with Florida looming on Friday.

The 7-4 Gators await an 8-3 Miami ball club at 7:39 p.m. Friday in the Georgia Dome on ESPN. The Hurricanes are looking for their second straight bowl game win after beating Florida State in the 2004 Orange Bowl.

“It was another good day at work,” Miami head coach Larry Coker said following Tuesday’s workout. “The guys looked fresh today out there today and practiced hard. I feel good about where we are as a team right now.

“The team is relaxed and confident about the game plan we have put into place. But with playing a team like Florida, we are not over confident. We know what we need to do, and now we just have to go out and do it.”

This year’s appearance in the Chick-fli-A Peach Bowl marks the second time in school history the Hurricanes will participate in the Atlanta-based bowl. Miami won the 1981 Peach Bowl 20-10 over Virginia Tech at the old Fulton County Stadium.

The Hurricanes will conduct their final full scale practice on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Georgia Dome. UM will also have a walk-through practice Thursday evening.