MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- We are live from the Miami-Florida A&M game here at Sun Life Stadium in beautiful South Florida. Both teams are on the field now doing their pre-game warmups. Jacory Harris is working on shotgun snaps from center. There is no bandage on his surgically repaired right thumb.
Harris took the bandage off earlier this week in practice. He had planned to play with it but his thumb felt so good, he got rid of it. There are high expectations on the junior from Miami going into this season. Though he is not expected to play for the entire game, what part of the game he does play will be especially judged heading into next week's game at Ohio State.
Not many folks here yet, and this game is not expected to be a sellout. The sun is shining and it really is going to be a nice night for some football.
A few other notes:
We will have to wait and see whether Graig Cooper gets into the game. Coach Randy Shannon said earlier this week he would try to get his running back in as long as the weather holds up. Cooper is coming off a knee injury in the Champs Sports Bowl. It was initially feared he would be out for the season, but his rehab has gone ahead of schedule. There is plenty of depth at running back. Damien Berry and Mike James are expected to carry the rushing load early on.
When does freshman right tackle Seantrel Henderson get into the game? Henderson, one of the most highly touted prospects in the country last season, ended up at Miami after being let out of the letter of intent he initially signed with USC. He was listed on the third team, but backup Jermaine Johnson isn't dressed so Henderson could get into the game earlier than anticipated.
The starting linebacking rotation list on the pregame flip chart shows Kylan Robinson on the strongside, Colin McCarthy in the middle and Sean Spence on the weakside.
Several other Hurricanes are not dressed, for unspecified reasons: DLs Curtis Porter, Andrew Smith and Micanor Regis, LB Jordan Futch, RB Storm Johnson, DBs Jared Campbell and Keion Payne and OL Malcolm Bunche.