On Tuesday the Hurricanes continued preparing for their second opponent of 2016, Florida Atlantic. UM is a 23-point favorite against the Owls, who visit at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN3.com).
Noteworthy sights from the 15-minute media viewing opportunity:
* Defensive tackle Courtel Jenkins, who limped off late in Saturday’s 70-3 win over Florida A&M, rode the exercise bike but did not use his right knee to do so. Jenkins did not have a bandage on his knee (if he did, it would be a sign he had surgery).
* Defensive tackle Anthony Moten (dislocated shoulder) returned to practice. Moten missed the opener. Trent Harris (broken hand), who played limited snaps against FAMU, was present and practicing. Defensive end Scott Patchan (ACL tear in March) continued to run and ride the bike, as he has for much of camp.
* It remains unclear if Darrion Owens, who was elevated to second-team weakside linebacker on the depth chart UM released Monday, can make his season debut against FAU. Owens, a junior and by far UM’s most experienced linebacker, tore his ACL and menisci on either side of his right knee last Sept. 11 against the Owls. Long road back for him.
* Fullback Gage Batten, who has not played because of a foot injury, was wearing a defensive jersey. Batten was a linebacker in high school (The Post’s All-Area defensive player of the year in 2012 at Dwyer High). It’s possible UM could try him, if his foot allows, at linebacker to help with depth. It’s worth noting Batten and several other fullbacks who wore defensive jerseys (white, not orange) warmed up with the running backs, as fullbacks normally. Fullbacks Cory Giordano, Cesar Castillo and linebacker D.J. Washington warmed up with the fullbacks. So, stay tuned on this one.
* Safety Jaquan Johnson, who had an excellent game against FAMU, spent time working with the linebackers. A full-on position switch is unlikely; it’s likely UM is trying to give Johnson, who played in UM’s dime package (six defensive backs) last week, the best possible understanding of linebacker responsibilities.
* Mark Richt and selected players meet with the media after practice. The Associated Press top 25 comes out at 2 p.m. It’s possible Miami will be ranked for the first time since they were No. 24 the week of Nov. 10, 2013. The Hurricanes will earn at least one vote.
Scenes from practice: