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$450 Best Buy shopping spree, roller-coaster debut, injuries to be announced?

What would you choose from Best Buy if someone gave you a $450 gift card and said you have to spend it all in one shot tonight?

The Hurricanes had that opportunity Monday when they took off on team buses bound for Best Buy. We'll find out tomorrow, when we get our first player access, what some of them got.

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Hurricanes freshman offensive tackle Sonny Odogwu is a 6-8, 318-pound native of Nigeria whose voice became squeaky high Monday.

UM sports information assistant director David Villavicencio relayed this quick story that had us all laughing.

He said that the normally outgoing Odogwu, whose deep, powerful voice can be heard near and far, walked into breakfast with a barely audible voice.

Turns out Odogwo had an especially exciting time at Islands of Adventure.

"Roller Coaster,'' Odogwu told the other Canes in a squeaky, high-pitched voice. "First time.''

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Those of you who remember the Orange Bowl Stadium's west end zone will reminisce when you see Miami's end zone on Saturday looking identical to the one that used to grace the Orange Bowl. A giant UM helmet on each side of the end zone faces inward, with the word Miami painted in the midde. 

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 There wasn't a lot of news out there today, but tomorrrow could be different. The players will be available, and Coach Al Golden said they were "working through a couple'' injuries "right now. Monday is kind of our loose day. If they can't go by tomorrow then we'll have to release it as such.''

 That doesn't sound very promising.

 Golden said defensive end Anthony Chickillo, who had worn a boot a couple weekends ago because of an injured toe, was fine and practicing. 

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Offensive coordinator James Coley indicated junior receiver Phillip Dorsett was ready to get back on the field full go. When asked if Dorsett was over the mental hurdle caused by the torn MCL he suffered against North Carolina in October, Coley said, "I did see it today. I saw it today for the first time, him pushing and running. He looked fast again. A little reckless out there, which is a good sign."

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Who got better the past couple weeks since bowl practice began? Defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio named linebacker Raphael Kirby, linebacker Jermaine Grace, cornerback Larry Hope and safety Jamal Carter.

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Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, a Miami native who played at Northwestern High:

"I'm treating this game like any other game. No game is bigger than the next game. I go into every game with the same mindset of executing our offense, managing the offense and taking what the defense gives us.''

Louisville safety Calvin Pryor: "This would be a great win, coming off the Sugar Bowl win last year, and then having a chance to play Miami. If we can win, it would be a stepping stone for coach Strong and the program as we head into the ACC.''

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

 

 

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