Canes tailback Lamar Miller, UM's second-leading rusher with 157 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries (5.4 yards-per-carry), was missing for the start of practice today (Tuesday). He came to practice late wearing a green, non-contact jersey.
I saw Miller right after the Clemson game walking with a large bag of ice on his right shoulder area. Didn't look good.
If Miller misses FSU, or even if he is limited because of the injury, that's obviously not great news for Miami, which nonetheless has a pretty deep corps of runners. Graig Cooper hasn't played since the opener, when he injured what appeared to be a knee (but possibly an ankle -- we don't know for sure). Cooper, who has two carries for 11 yards and two catches for 13 yards this season, has been practicing full go. He caught a pass from Jacory Harris this morning, and took some good contact from both sides, though they stopped short of tackling him.
UM coach Randy Shannon has been saying for years how important it is to have a lot of runners. Mike James (see story today in Miami Herald: ) would be the guy who would step in for Lamar, and he's ready, though Lamar's agility and speed give defenses a different look from bulldozer types such as Berry and James.
Perhaps we'll finally see freshman Storm Johnson take his first carry against FSU.
Storm returned two kickoffs at Death Valley for 24 and 12 yards.
> Also, Jacory Harris, who hurt his left shoulder when he was sacked at Pittsburgh, was out there practicing and throwing, as usual.
> As we were walking out, I saw freshman Seantrel Henderson lining up at right tackle on the first team again, next to guard Brandon Washington.
--SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN