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Aug. 12, 2007

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – – The Miami Hurricanes football team held one practice session Sunday morning at the Greentree Practice Fields. UM will hold its second two-a-day practices of the preseason Monday.

“We worked on some situational stuff,” UM head football coach Randy Shannon said of Sunday’s single seassion. “We went back and forth between some goal-line and some two-minute drills. The defense did a great job. Then the offense turned around and picked it back up. It was about 50-50 today. They practiced with a lot of enthusiasm. Coming off a two-a-day practice, you would expect them to be sluggish. But they were flying around pretty good. It was exciting to see that.”

The Hurricanes wrapped up their eighth day of practice. UM is scheduled to practice 21 straight days, including the three two-a-day sessions.

“In order to that, you have to get them mentally focused,” Shannon said. “When you go through summer workouts, mentally guys can shut it down. You always have to keep them focused on the big picture instead of the small picture — always be positive, never be negative. Once you’re negative, they could go down, and you don’t want that.”

The Hurricanes received some good news when senior defensive tackle Teraz McCray returned to practice. Shannon said McCray was able to do some individual work. He’s expected to get back into live drills within a few days.

The team will practice twice on Monday, at 7:50 a.m. and 3:20 p.m.

20 Days Until First Game

Hurricanes fans can purchase single-game tickets, a four-game Mega-Plan or season tickets through the month of August. Single-game tickets are $47 each, while the Mega-Plan, which includes a reserved ticket to the Texas A&M game and three other home games of choice, is $160 per pack ($7 savings per ticket ). Season tickets start as low as $190, which is only $27 per game. Tickets can be purchased at www.hurricanesports.com or by calling (305) 284-CANES in Miami-Dade or (800) GO-CANES outside of Miami-Dade. The Hurricanes open the season on September 1 against Marshall in the Orange Bowl.