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Quick notes on Miami

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

A couple of quick notes on Miami before the Canes hit the field later today for their first official spring practice:

  • Here's the final word on who won't be practicing this spring: linebacker Colin McCarthy and tight ends Dedrick Epps and Tervaris Johnson are all out with injuries, coach Randy Shannon said. This should open an opportunity for Richard Gordon. Offensive lineman Chris Barney will take the three more classes he needs to graduate and won't return to the team. Not a huge loss.

  • Allen Bailey has been moved to defensive tackle and is worth watching this spring. He came to Miami as a linebacker, was moved to defensive end, and will be pushing for a starting role now.

  • Linebacker Arthur Brown didn't live up to the hype last season, but that's OK -- not every freshman is going to play like a sophomore his first season. Brown could be more productive at his new spot, middle linebacker.

  • The Canes will focus on building the depth at linebacker and on the offensive line, along with finding a backup quarterback. Cannon Smith and Taylor Cook are the options there.

I'll have more from Shannon in a Q&A that will be posted on Wednesday morning.