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Only three Canes in first-team black jerseys Wednesday afternoon, but lots in first-team orange

Surprise, surprise.

The report we got after Monday's closed scrimmage mentioned several defensive players who made impressive plays. 

But when the media was permitted to watch the first 15 minutes of the afternoon session of Wednesday's practice (open practices have ended), only three players on the Hurricanes' defense were garbed in the black jerseys worn by first-team players.

They are cornerbacks Corn Elder and Artie Burns, and defensive end Anthony Chickillo

That means all-everything linebacker Denzel Perryman was wearing ordinary green for the first time this fall camp, as well as safety Dallas Crawford, and on and on.

Can't wait to hear what the coaches have to say on that. Sending a message, anyone?

"Denzel had an awesome first scrimmage and a pretty good second one,'' defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said. "Just making sure he sets the same standard that he can every time he's out there. I'm pleased with the linebacker group. Jermaine Grace had a really good scrimmage. Just got to finish a few more plays. Very productive, productive as anybody we had out there. I'm not unhappy with them, just as far as a black jersey, it's, 'Did you do your job and did you finish every play?' At the end of the day, it's a hard thing to get, is how we're making it.''

Many players, however, wore the first-team orange.

They are, in the order I spotted them, OL Jon Feliciano, WR Stacy Coley, OL Kc McDermott, WR Phillip Dorsett, OL Ereck Flowers, OL Danny Isidora, OL Alex Gall, TE Standish Dobard, RB Joseph Yearby, FB Ronnie Regula, OL Shane McDermott, RB Duke Johnson, WR Malcolm Lewis and TE Clive Walford.

As for your quarterbacks, they were all out there throwing during preliminary drills -- that includes graduate transfer Jake Heaps, who was accompanied by fellow scholarship quarterbacks Ryan Williams, Brad Kaaya, Kevin Olsen and Malik Rosier. The walk-ons were there, too.

Keep in mind that we only watch the first 15 minutes, then go inside.

 Heaps, listed with Kaaya as the co-starters on the depth chart, did not participate in Monday's scrimmage "to rest his arm,'' a UM report noted after the scrimmage.

  Today, Heaps did not wear an elasticized sleeve or any other protective device on his arm during that first afternoon portion we watched.

  Turns out, according to Golden, and Heaps did not disagree, that Heaps had a sore elbow on his throwing arm. Heaps wanted to compete in the scrimmage, but Golden, in consultation with the team doctor, wanted to rest him to play it safe. Golden said he will not penalize Heaps in the competition for sitting out that day.

   Heaps said he felt good today, and competed fully in both sessions. He also said he will continue to rehabilitate.

  

 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

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