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Starting spots are on the line when the Canes participate in their final fall scrimmage

    The Hurricanes took Friday off, leading into one of the most important days of fall camp.

    At 6 p.m. Saturday, Miami will conduct its second and final scrimmage of camp, with coaches gathering Sunday – and maybe even late Saturday night – to create a depth chart.

   Coaches likely have a good idea of who they want where, but Saturday’s scrimmage  can make the difference in solidifying opinions – or shifting them in the case of tight competitions.

   “To say that it’s set – they’re still competing for it,’’ offensive coordinator James Coley said of the offensive line on 560 WQAM Friday morning. “We’re still challenging them to finish it off right. We have an idea... There are definitely spots [that are] filled. We just haven’t announced it.’’

    The scrimmage is closed to the public and media, and  Coley said players haven’t been told of any prospective final spots. Trevor Darling, Kc McDermott and Sunny Odogwu have been alternating at first-team tackle spots, Alex Gall was leading at left guard, with Nick Linder at center and Danny Isidora at right guard.

     “We’ve still got another scrimmage so it’s easy to move a guy out,’’ Coley reminded on WQAM. “That’s how tight the race is. After one scrimmage you say to yourself, ‘This guy might be the guy at left guard.’ Then after the scrimmage, you’re like, ‘Golly, this other guy kind of played better.’

    “They’re playing with a chip on their shoulder right now. Like, ‘Hey, everybody is saying we might be the weak link’ or everybody is saying, ‘Hey, you guys got a lot of guys to replace up front,’ and they’re practicing like it.’’

   Coach Al Golden said the scrimmage will be in a game format.

   “I’d like to stay between 30-35 [plays] at halftime, bring them in, bring them back out and try to get into the third quarter. …Just the notion of coming in, correcting whatever we need to correct [and] when you’re a little bit tired or uncomfortable, paying attention to detail from your coordinator and going out and executing.

    “We’re going to let them play.’’ 

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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