Here’s the rundown:
At the start of the show, Richt addresses the young players, telling them he loves them and wants them to be good men, and that he’s hoping some of them wind up Hurricanes.
At 11:10, I talk Miami-App State with Matt Shodell of Canesport. We both think Miami can’t take App State lightly but we both think UM will win.
At 13:30, Peter Ariz of CanesInsight joins the show. He says the Hurricanes are physically more talented and despite a tough environment, UM will win by a couple scores.
At 16:00, we track down Richt for a few minutes. He says that cornerback Adrian Colbert (meniscus) won’t travel to Boone, N.C., but that Anthony Moten (shoulder), who hasn’t played yet, and Courtel Jenkins (meniscus) will travel. The Jenkins news is especially interesting, given that Jenkins had surgery last week (as did Colbert; both were hurt in week one). Asked about defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, who appeared to injure his lower body against FAU, Richt said: “He’s fine … I don’t think he missed anything” this week in practice.
Richt, who tries to fit in at least two visits to local parks every Thursday, said the rest of his Thursday plans include finishing the sheet of offensive plays he plans to call in Saturday’s game. “I’ve got plenty of time tonight to get it finished,” he said.
He also mentioned that App State runs the ball well, and that Miami’s defensive stats — first in the nation in negative plays created, yards per carry allowed and rushing yards per game allowed — don’t carry too much weight. “It’s too early in the year to talk about some of the stats that we have defensively. The next two teams that we play, they run the ball,” he said, referring to App State and Georgia Tech (Oct. 1). “We’ll get a better feel for how we’re going to stop the run.”