CORAL GABLES — Two starters were missing from the start of Monday’s practice, the first after Saturday’s scrimmage.
Left tackle Kc McDermott was conditioning on a stationary bike. Wide receiver Ahmmon Richards was not spotted during a 10-minute media viewing period.
Richards was held out of the scrimmage because of a hamstring pull. Mark Richt, who will address the media around 10:30 a.m., said earlier Monday on WQAM that Richards, UM’s top receiver, “hopefully” will return for the season-opener Sept. 2 against Bethune-Cookman.
That’s in 12 days, if you were wondering. If Richards isn’t well, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Miami hold him out against an FCS opponent.
Same goes for McDermott, whose ailment is unknown. On Monday he wasn’t wearing a heavy brace, sling or boot — typically signs of a significant injury. His absence put fellow senior Trevor Darling at left tackle in early drills. True freshman Corey Gaynor replaced Darling at left guard, possibly signifying that coaches feel he is the next-best interior reserve. Gaynor, who is inexperienced but has been praised by coaches for his toughness, is the second-string center behind Tyler Gauthier.
Freshman Kai-Leon Herbert would likely be next in line at tackle, should Miami need someone beyond Darling.
* The order of quarterbacks remained the same: Malik Rosier, Evan Shirreffs, N’Kosi Perry, Cade Weldon. Richt did not name a starting quarterback during his Monday morning radio appearance.
“We’ll probably sometime tomorrow talk to the players about what we’re going to do as far as naming a starter for the first ballgame,” Richt said, as transcribed by the Miami Herald. “But I will say Malik did very well, Evan did very well — and they did get the reps with the No. 1 unit. N’Kosi and Cade struggled a little bit more. Mostly, when you go with the No. 2 [offensive] unit vs. the No. 1 offense, it’s not as easy to have a good day.”
Richt said both Perry and Weldon are “outstanding players’’ who “have got the skillset you want. They got the right learning ability, they’ve got the right character in my opinion… But you’re racing against the clock.’’
* Sophomore tight end Michael Irvin II took reps ahead of walk-on Malik Curry. Irvin, who struggled with dehydration issues early in camp, was running behind Curry. Freshman Brian Polendey remains the fourth-stringer.
* According to its weekly schedule released to the media Sunday evening, Miami will scrimmage Thursday. The Hurricanes scrimmaged the previous two Saturdays.
UM will break into scout teams Wednesday.
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