Coker doesn't sound optimistic

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami defensive tackle Santonio Thomas
and right guard Tyler McMeans both might miss the remainder of the
season because of knee injuries.

Each was hurt in Miami's 45-31 victory at North Carolina State
on Saturday night.

The extent of either injury wasn't clear; more tests were
scheduled on both players, but coach Larry Coker hardly sounded
optimistic about the prognosis on Sunday.

"It doesn't look good for the remainder of the season," Coker

McMeans would be the second starting offensive lineman Miami has
lost for the season. Left tackle Eric Winston, one of the best
offensive linemen in the country, ripped up his knee against
Georgia Tech on Oct. 2.

McMeans was replaced on Saturday night by redshirt freshman
Derrick Morse.

"When you lose two starters, you get thinner in a hurry,"
Coker said. "I feel good about our offensive line, but we're not
where we want to be."

Thomas, a senior starter, also missed virtually all the 2002
season with a shoulder injury.