Oct. 23, 2007

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – – The University of Miami football team held the first practice of its bye week, as the Hurricanes worked out for one hour and 45 minutes on Tuesday afternoon at the Greentree Practice Fields. The Hurricanes will return to action Saturday, Nov. 3, when they face North Carolina State in the second-to-last game in the Orange Bowl.

“It was a good one-on-one practice today,” UM head coach Randy Shannon said. “The guys flew around. Ones went against ones, and we got a lot of good work in. That’s all practice was about today.”

Miami worked out in front of 22 National Football League scouts representing 20 NFL teams on Tuesday.

The Hurricanes will spend the next 10 days getting healthy. UM will have one more practice before taking off the rest of the week. Miami (5-3, 2-2 ACC) is coming off a thrilling come-from-behind 37-29 win over intrastate rival Florida State last Saturday in Tallahassee. The Hurricanes moved into third place in the ACC Coastal Division. UM’s 37 points were its most of the season. Sophomore linebacker Colin McCarthy earned ACC Player of the Week honors. He racked up 10 tackles and helped the Miami defense hold the Seminoles offense to just 22 points and force five turnovers in the game. His 27-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown with just over one minute left gave the Hurricanes a 37-29 lead. Senior wider receiver Darnell Jenkins recorded his third 100-yard receiving game of the season after catching four passes for 106 yards against FSU.

“It’s a good week for us to rest,” Shannon said. “We have a bunch of guys nicked up, and it’s a chance for those guys to get back healthy.”

Shannon said senior quarterback Kyle Wright missed Tuesday’s practice recovering from an ankle injury he sustained in the FSU win. “He’ll be back next week. Give him a week or so. Right now it’s an ankle sprain. We need to isolate it and get it ready. Hopefully, he’ll be ready by Sunday.”

Shannon also said senior wide receiver Lance Leggett has returned to practice and is “healthy enough to play.”

Miami will hold its final practice of the week at the Greentree Practice Fields at 3 p.m. Wednesday.