CORAL GABLES — The Hurricanes returned to practice Friday on a sauna-like morning. Onlookers were begging for air conditioning. It was damn hot.
With the first scrimmage of camp two days in the rear-view mirror, here’s what we saw during the 15 minutes of media viewing:
Two return: Standout defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and linebacker Jermaine Grace returned to practice and appeared to be full-go. Both players missed time Thursday to deal with the ongoing luxury rental car situation.
Three absent: Senior tight end Stan Dobard, redshirt freshman safety Robert Knowles and senior fullback Gage Batten were not present. All three are injury-related. A source told The Post that Dobard has an ankle injury, and that Knowles has a hand injury.
Coach Mark Richt confirmed The Post’s report after practice.
Batten, who missed the spring with a broken foot and has not fully participated in fall camp, had surgery to remove a plate in his foot.
Depth chart notes: Quarterback Malik Rosier again ran the second team for the early part of practice. Given his experience (Duke, 2015), it seems like he’s the odds-on favorite to back up Brad Kaaya. Evan Shirreffs was the No. 3, with Jack Allison and Vincent Testaverde behind him. Running backs Mark Walton and Joe Yearby continue to alternate first-team reps.
One more thought: defensive tackle RJ McIntosh is a good bet to be one of the Hurricanes’ breakout players. He is 6-foot-4 and has bulked up to a lean 290 pounds. A former basketball player, he is a fast, fluid athlete. He’s been running with the ones since spring.
Next up: Coach Mark Richt will address the media before noon.