Six Hurricanes players and several coaches’ wives delivered 48 turkey dinners and other traditional non-perishable Thanksgiving food items Tuesday afternoon to the Greater Mercy Missionary Baptist Church in Overtown.
Players delivering Thanksgiving meals included: backup quarterback Ryan Williams, receiver Herb Waters, defensive tackle Justin Renfrow and walk-on linebacker Akil Craig, walk-on defensive back Alex Irastorza and walk-on defensive back Hugo Delapenha Jr. Director of Player Development Ryan McNamee organized the trip along with Kelly Golden, Diona Kehoe, Valerie McNamee and Inika Vance.
Pastor Willie Williams greeted players as they arrived Tuesday afternoon and was very appreciative of the Hurricanes’ special delivery. All 48 Thanksgiving dinners were handed out within an hour.
> UM coach Al Golden said receivers Phillip Dorsett (knee) and cornerback Artie Burns (ankle), two players coming back from injury, looked good during Tuesday's light practice.
> Golden said he's "struggling a little bit" with why punter Pat O'Donnell is not a finalist for the Ray Guy Award. O'Donnell, a fifth-year transfer from Cincinnati, is averaging 47.6 yards a punt this season, second-best in the nation.
"Pat's a great kid, always locked in, very processed oriented, always out here working on his game," Golden said. "Blame the offense or blame me for not putting the punt team out there enough."
Golden said O'Donnell is in the mix to be named team MVP at the end of the year. Golden said he's never named a punter team MVP in the before.