A few notes on a steamy Monday morning …
Senior tight end Stan Dobard returned to practice after Miami’s off day Sunday, but he was limited. Dobard has a sprained right ankle.
The crew of players riding stationary bikes for the media viewing portion of practice included freshman weakside linebacker Michael Pinckney (hamstring). Pinckney did not participate in drills during the early portion of practice. Additionally, freshman defensive lineman Tyreic Martin (left knee), senior fullback Gage Batten (right foot surgery), defensive end Scott Patchan (right ACL tear) and cornerback Ryan Mayes (left arm, it seemed) were on bikes.
With Pinckney on the bike, redshirt freshman Jamie Gordinier remained the first-teamer at weakside linebacker. It appeared Darrion Owens, who is still hobbled after tearing his ACL and at least one other ligament last Sept. 11, moved up to second-team Will. See our linebacker practice video to get a look at Owens and others at Monday’s practice.
We did not notice safety Robert Knowles (broken left hand), but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t at practice. We just didn’t lay eyes on him during the media viewing period. We’ll ask Mark Richt if Knowles practiced when Richt addresses the media later Monday morning.
No movement on the front lines. On offense, Trevor Darling, Kc McDermott, Nick Linder, Danny Isidora and Sunny Odogwu are running with the ones. The defensive line starters were Al-Quadin Muhammad, RJ McIntosh, Kendrick Norton and Chad Thomas.
Lot of talk among the beat writers at practice today regarding Miami’s quarterback situation. Malik Rosier, as has been the case since last Wednesday’s scrimmage, took the first snaps behind Brad Kaaya. (Richt has told us not to read into that.) Regardless of who is named the backup, here are a few questions we had: If Kaaya went down with an injury — knock on every available piece of wood — would Rosier or Evan Shirreffs be the guy? Shirreffs, a high achiever in the classroom, was praised in the spring for his footwork and ability to pick up Richt’s offense. Quarterbacks coach Jon Richt said last week that Shirreffs was the best athlete among the quarterbacks (even Kaaya, and Rosier, a dual-threat). Rosier, of course, has the most experience of the backups and has a road win under his belt. But if Kaaya was lost for the year, would Miami just go with Jack Allison in order to see what he’s made of before N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon show up? Vincent Testaverde has a little experience himself, though most seem to forget he’s in the race, too.
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