No news to report after Wednesday's practice -- except good news. Coach Randy Shannon said his team is basically 100 percent healthy heading into this week's showdown in the Swamp.
He said he's not sure if Reggie Youngblood will start at right tackle this week or not. He was listed first on the depth chart released to the media on Tuesday.
A few interesting notes:
> According to freshman Brandon Harris, Florida receiver Louis Murphy wasn't the only Gator who made Miami's quote board this week. UF freshman Matt Patchan, who had choice words about UM at the end of last season
while he was being recruited by the Gators and Canes, is enemy No. 2. Patchan's picture and quote from last year is in every locker. Here's a quick refresher as to what Patchan said after UM got blown out by Virginia: "Half those guys in Miami uniforms shouldn’t be there. They physically don’t cut it. A lot of those guys were wasted scholarships. That was Miami’s fault in recruiting. You can’t take a guy who doesn’t know how to play football and ask him to do things that are expected out of University of Miami players." According to Harris and other players, its a tradition for players to find pictures of opposing players with "motivational quotes" before each and every game.
> I ran into longtime former Carol City coach Walt Frazier after practice. Frazier, who
retired last season after winning three state champion, said he visits UM practice once a week to chat with Randy Shannon and his former Carol City players -- strength coach Andreu Swasey and receivers coach Aubrey Hill. Although Eric Moncur declined interview requests today, Frazier talked to me a bit about exactly what happened with Moncur's mother who died Sunday. According to Frazier, she had been battling cancer for the last six months.
"Eric would go home and spend every night with her," Frazier said. "That's the thing about the Moncurs. They were all so very, very close, especially Eric. Eric had her name tattooed across his chest. He's doing good. He's at peace. She got to see him standing on the sidelines last week and was thrilled. One of the last things she told him was to make sure he got his butt on the field this week and beat the Florida Gators. He's taking it to heart."