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Shannon: We're a lot better than we were last year at this time

During today’s post-practice meeting with reporters, Miami (FL) head coach Randy Shannon told reporters, “We are a lot better than we were last year at this time. Guys are focused, a lot more mature.”

A year ago, the Hurricanes suffered a number of injuries to key players throughout the year. It appears Shannon is taking more of an NFL approach this season, saying he will hold out of practice certain key players at times this year.

When asked by a reporter why a certain player didn’t participate in this morning’s practice, Shannon responded, “I’ll let yall guys know if a guy is going to be done for the season. I always do. To cut down on all the ‘is this guys practicing (questions)’…fellaz, guys are going to sit down because of nicks and injuries. Some guys we are going to sit out because we don’t want them to practice, we want to see some other guys. It’s like the NFL. Some guys like McCarthy ain’t gonna practice today. Sean Spence won’t.” 

Miami opens on Thursday night September 2nd against Florida A&M. The Hurricanes travel to Ohio State in week #2.