It feels like eternity since the last time the Miami Hurricanes took the football field. In the college football sense, it kind of has been. The last time was on September 2nd against Bethune-Cookman. Hurricane Irma has totally caused disruption throughout the state which includes football schedules at both the pro and college level. On Saturday that football drought finally ends for the Canes as they get set to take on the Toledo Rockets. The players and coaching staff are literally at the edge of their seats.
“My family is great,’’ said Walton, a Miamian. “My family is safe. They made it out of the storm great. That’s the best thing about it. As long as my family is good, I’m good…
….When we were out of practice, it was all fun and games and everybody was enjoying time with their family. But I think everybody is focused and locked in and tuned in for this week…
Walton said what he was doing during the time off:
“a lot of running so I was kind of in shape still,’’ he said. “I think the guys, everybody else is in shape, and we have our legs back and are ready to play Saturday.”
The Hurricanes who have been practicing in Orlando the entire week were doing their best to try to stay focused. QB Malik Rozier said this is the longest he has ever gone during a season without football (via Miami Herald)
“I’ve never gone this long without playing,..We’re doing a lot of team periods, trying to get that live feeling, that good-on-good feeling back, and just competing…
…When we were throwing we kind of had people going jog pace…The receivers weren’t running full speed so the first day coming out here I was a little behind. Now I’m getting them on target. They’re running full speed. Their legs feel good. They’re doing a great job of keeping themselves in shape and getting ready to compete.”
The players are clearly handling this disruptive period in strive. It’s not easy for a coaching staff to handle such a bizarre circumstance so they have to been able to handle the situation and create some semblance of normalcy during an abnormal period of time.
Meanwhile WR Ahmmon Richards’ hamstring hasn’t healed as quickly as anticipated. Richards pulled his ham string towards the end of camp and sat out the first game. Since then he has been rehabbing and clearly the injury was more severe than first anticipated. He’s being listed as questionable for the Toledo game on Saturday with the coaching staff being extra cautious with his health to prevent any further damage.