Miami’s defense was hustling hard in pursuit drills during the 15-minute viewing portion of practice. All over Greentree, it seemed players had extra pep. Defensive tackle Kendrick Norton danced while waiting to take a rep. Offensive tackle Kc McDermott and others sang “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” Lots of players were chatty with each other (and visitors). Perhaps because coach Mark Richt canceled the previous night’s two-a-day practice.
Or perhaps the energy came from knowing CanesFest was later that evening. Miami’s annual fan festival is 5-7 p.m. at the BankUnited Center. Players and coaches will be available to fans for autographs and handshakes and such.
At 10 a.m., at least one group of fans was already tailgating in the shade underneath the Metro rail across the street from Mark Light Field, down the street from Greentree Practice Fields and the BUC.
Freshman defensive lineman Tyreic Martin has a knee injury, a source told The Post. Martin, 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, was not participating in practice during the 15-minute window media was allowed to watch. His knee was heavily bandaged. Riding stationary bikes with known injuries: fullback Gage Batten (right foot surgery; he wasn’t using his feet to pedal, he used his arms. It was one of those type of bikes), tight end Stan Dobard (right ankle sprain) and defensive end Scott Patchan (right ACL tear).
Linebacker Michael Pinckney (hamstring) was limited, but appeared to be practicing. He and cornerback Ryan Mayes spent time riding bikes before participating.
Wide receiver Dionte Mullins attended practice in street clothes. Mullins still has not enrolled, but Miami remains hopeful he will qualify this season. Others who showed up to watch include four-star offensive line commit Navaughn Donaldson and Miami men’s basketball director of operations James Johnson, who spent a few minutes chatting with offensive line coach Stacy Searels. Johnson was formerly the men’s basketball head coach at Virginia Tech. Searels was an offensive line coach there.