UPDATE AFTER WEDNESDAY PRACTICE:
Great news for Hurricanes fans regarding running back Gus Edwards. He is, indeed, in a boot, but coach Al Golden indicated it is not a long-term injury and he is "day to day.''
So where has he been the past two days? Getting treatment after treatment after treatment...
Golden said Edwards' foot has "a bruise on the top. Everything [the medical testing] is negative.What we've learned is the best way to heal them is not to have them out here aggravating it. We put them in the boot, progress the healing and get them 19 treatments a day.''
"Just making sure he's getting the treatment he needs and massages and just making sure there is no swelling in there. He's doing really well and we'll see where he's at tomorrow and the next day. Everybody goes in a boot.''
Golden said the injury occurred during Saturday night's scrimmage.
Does the coach anticipate Edwards being out for a while?
"If he was out I would tell you. He's day-to-day right now and he's doing good.''
Golden said linebacker Juwon Young, who the coach previously said sprained the bottom of his foot, "is getting healthy and seeing where it goes. He's doing good though. [Cornerback Ryan] Mayes (hamstring), too -- same situation."
### Good news on the injury front confirmed: Both WR Braxton Berrios (hamstring) and WR Malcolm Lewis (undisclosed) practiced today. "So, just to summarize,'' Golden said, "Mayes and Young we got a little time. Gus is probably more of the immediate [return]. Mayes and Young, it may be a little bit more time.''
### Golden said on the defensive line: "It's hard to say anyone has had a better camp than [rush end] Trent [Harris]. Trent is faster than he was a year ago. He's stronger. He's much more sudden. He's a very smart young man. He plays the defense really well and he doesn't make mistakes. He's a very unselfish kid. We've just got to keep getting Trent to lead. Trent has had an excellent camp.
"...Demetrius (Jackson), Quan [Muhammad], that's a heck of a battle there. Scotty Patchan on the other end. We always mix those guys up on the speed, which is our five DB package, which you play more and more in college football.''
### Golden on if the players know who has won starting jobs? "No, we've got a long way to go. For the majority of the positions, it's going to take until next week for sure -- at least."
### I asked offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu if he is excited about the season opener Sept. 5 against Bethune Cookman. His response (try to imagine the Nigerian accent):
"We are fired up! Fired up, bro! We are excited, like so excited. The coaches are, the community is, our fans are, our opponents are, everybody is excited, and so are we -- even the birds, you can see them flying around singing."
AFTER FIRST 15 MINUTES OF WEDNESDAY PRACTICE:
Just came in from our 15 minutes of Miami Hurricanes practice viewing Wednesday and running back Gus Edwards was not at practice for the second consecutive day.
Edwards, a 6-2, 230-pound junior nicknamed “Gus the Bus” for his strong body and bruising style, was also not at practice Tuesday morning during the 15 minutes of media viewing.
We heard rumors yesterday of him being seen with a boot on his left leg, but I have not been able to confirm that. Let's see what coach Al Golden, who did not talk to us yesterday after practice, says after today's session. The Hurricanes in the past have put players in boots to immobilize the foot or ankle for even minor injuries.
Either way, that is obviously not a good sign for the Canes, who have not released a depth chart this preseason but did have Edwards as the No. 1 back in the last depth chart it released at the end of spring practice.
Miami’s all-time leading rusher Duke Johnson left after last season and was drafted in the third round by Cleveland.
UM begins its season Sept. 5 at home against Bethune-Cookman.
After Saturday's scrimmage, offensive coordinator James Coley said there were “some nicks on some guys.’’
“For me,’’ Coley continued, “health means there were no major injuries. Just some guys that we’ve got to see if we can get them ready by next week. It was physical out there. Guys were hitting.’’
Edwards, out of Tottenville High in Staten Island, N.Y., was the Canes’ third leading rusher last season, rushing for 349 yards on 61 carries, a 5.7-yard-per-carry average. He scored six touchdowns.
If Edwards should be out for an extended period of time, Miami still has the following three-headed running attack:
# Sophomore Joe Yearby, the returning leading rusher with 509 yards and one touchdown on 86 carries, a 5.9-yard-per-carry average.
# Sophomore Trayone Gray, who played in six games and ran only six times for 24 yards and a touchdown.
# Freshman Mark Walton, a four-star runner out of Miami Booker T. Washington High who rushed for 1,472 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior. He chose Miami over Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee and South Carolina.
Walton and Edwards scored short-yardage touchdowns Saturday in the scrimmage.
### The good news Wednesday: Slot receivers Malcolm Lewis and Braxton Berrios, previously in red or yellow jerseys worn by injured players, were in regular jerseys at practice.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN