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Two Scrimmages and Spring Game Open to Public & Jersey # Changes

   It appears that single digits are in for 2011.

   The University of Miami football program announced some of the jersey number changes for the upcoming season.

   Tailback Storm Johnson has snatched up former cornerback Brandon Harris'  No. 1. Last season Johnson wore 24.

   Wide receiver LaRon Byrd exchanged his No. 47 -- Michael Irvin's former number -- for No. 2, previously worn by Graig Cooper.

    Receiver Tommy Streeter has gone from No. 86 to No. 8, previously worn by DeMarcus Van Dyke.

    Former offensive lineman Cory White has switched from No. 71 to No. 84, formerly worn by Richard Gordon. White is now playing tight end.

    Jordan Futch, who switched to tight end before the bowl game, is wearing 58 again.

    Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier, who will sit out 2011 because of NCAA transfer rules, has not received his number.

     Early enrollee Blake Ayles, a tight end, will wear No. 86; Thomas Finnie, a defensive back, 25; and defensive end Olsen Pierre, 91.

   Linebacker Kevin Nelson, a redshirt freshman from Gainesville, is listed on the roster. There were questions as to whether Nelson was transferring.

> The Hurricanes released their spring football media policies Tuesday, as well as the football scrimmage schedule. The first practice session will be at 9 a.m. on Greentree Field. Most of the other practices are at 2:15 p.m., although other Saturday sessions are in the morning.

All three scrimmages will be open to the public: Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m., at a venue to be announced; Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m., at a venue to be announced; and Saturday, April 16 (spring game), likely at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. The time for the spring game has not been decided.

The media will be allowed to watch the first 15 minutes of each practice. And in a new policy, reporters now will interview players and Coach Al Golden before regular practices, instead of afterward, as previously had been the case at least since Butch Davis took over in 1995.

Practices will be open to all high school coaches, prospective student-athletes, NFL scouts and UM football alums (former players), as long as they have valid passes.

>Anybody going to the UM baseball vs. FAU in Boca Raton on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.? The new bats have made the games faster for sure. But the bunting and baserunning strategy really come into play more than ever. UM coach Jim Morris thinks home runs will be cut in half for the team.