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Quick hits from Miami Hurricanes Tuesday practice

Another sweltering, extremely humid practice at Greentree Field Tuesday morning:

** According to a couple of defensive players (LB Jimmy Gaines and CB Antonio Crawford), the offense won the scrimmage Sunday. Gaines didn't seem too pleased. Coach Al Golden said the defense had been holding its own, actually dominating a few days during practice last week.

** Golden also happy to have new D-linemen Justin Renfrow (tackle) and David Gilbert (end) and Ufomba Kamalu (end). The roster lists Kamalu as a junior.

** Sophomore safety Deon Bush (rehabbing after hernia surgery) was upgraded from his previous red, non-contact jersey to a yellow, limited-contact jersey. He is closer to getting on the field. The Canes need him.

** This kid (big kid!) Al-Quadin Muhammad is obviously a talent. Players and coaches (Golden and D'Onofrio) have extolled his virtues -- such as pass-rushing. 

** Others lauded by coaches for scrimmage play: K Matt Goudis, Olsen Pierre (he's playing defensive tackle), RB Eduardo Clements, CB Artie Burns, DE Tyriq McCord, Jermaine Grace, Anthony Chickillo, Alex Figueroa, CB Tracy Howard (he's back in first-team black today). 

** Freshman offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu was not at practice. He came into camp rehabbing from foot surgery, which I was told was minor. But not really certain on the minor part.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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