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It's finally here: 2012 UM Canes fall football camp (just a tad later than expected)

Fall camp opens for the Miami Hurricanes at 2:10 p.m. Friday -- about six hours later than expected because of a school conflict with tests.

But your Hurricanes are bound to be fired up no matter what time they hit Greentree Field.

UM Coach Al Golden addressed the media Thursday, with quarterback competitors Stephen Morris and Ryan Willams in the audience (awaiting interviews).

Some notes going into Day One:

* OT Seantrel Henderson is excused from the first day of practice because he is in Minnesota attending the funeral of a childhood friend.

* Morris and Williams are expected to split reps until a starter is named.

* Some players who had good summers and emerged as leaders (among others), according to what Golden said he has been told: WR Allen Hurns ("fantastic"); OL Shane McDermott, Brandon Linder, Jon Feliciano; TE Asante Cleveland; RB Mike James; Morris and Williams; DE Anthony Chickillo; DE Shayon Green; DT Luther Robinson; LB Denzel Perryman and Raphael Kirby; CB Brandon McGee; S Vaughn Telemaque.

* The only player not expected to be full go at practice is TE Cory White (knee).

* Players were scheduled to be tested earlier tonight in conditioning. They were to run 14, 40-yard dashes in a certain amount of time. "That would simulate one of the longest drives you'd have in a game -- 14 plays,'' Golden said. "It's a test that's been around forever. I joke with the players that it's a test I made two years ago at Temple, so they better make it.''

If they don't? "They have to get up and hang with the parrots in the morning,'' Golden replied.

* Golden does not believe in a two-quarterback system.

* Golden has no qualms about playing freshmen.

"We're going to have some young guys on the field. Our team knows. We're not going to stratify this year at all. You're not going to hear me say, 'He's a freshman running back.' We're going to stratify by position but we're not going to stratify by year in school.

"..If we're putting them out there, he better play like a Miami Hurricane. We have a no excuse mentality right now in our building and I think it's gaining traction with the players. If you're out there playing, you need to perform at the level we need you to execute at.''

*Freshmen RB Duke Johnson and CB Tracy Howard "bring energy" and are "fun to have in the building,'' according to Golden. "I think they understand what it means to play for Miami. Both of them come in with the mindset they want to be the best."

Golden said "Randy Duke Johnson, he gets it. He looks at this and that [photo in the Hecht Athletic Center] and says, 'I want to be better than that guy.'''

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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