CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Not even a week into training camp,
Miami coach Randy Shannon wants to see what the Hurricanes have
Miami will have a 115-play controlled scrimmage Wednesday night,
and Shannon thinks it'll be physical.
"You can't worry about guys getting hurt," Shannon said. "If
guys don't practice, they can't get into a rhythm and into football
shape. One thing you have to know is that if you hold somebody up
from contact then when they get into the game and contact happens,
fumbles happen. They have to get used to the contact and get used
to the bruising and get your body used to it."
Shannon said the scrimmage will have about 80-89 offensive
plays, the rest going to special-teams work.
It'll end the first week of camp for the Hurricanes, who will
then take Thursday off and resume Friday with the first
double-session workout of the summer.
"We go at each other like we're enemies," wide receiver LaRon
Byrd said of the scrimmage. "You might see a (defensive back)
crack-back a receiver. You might see a receiver crack-back a
linebacker. Once it's scrimmage time, it's no more friends."
Shannon said he might not even make Miami's quarterbacks
off-limits from contact.
"It depends how I wake up that day," Shannon said.