Injury report for Ga Tech game


Posted Sep 15, 2009


The Hurricanes are set to take on a very good Georgia Tech team on Thursday night. Lets take a look at Miami's injury report just two nights before the game.

The Canes are expected to get senior defensive end Eric Moncur back for this game. Listed as probable on the official injury report released by the school on Tuesday, Moncur will be a much needed bonus for the Miami defense. He was tabbed to be a starter going into the season and his experience should play a very positive role for the Canes against Georgia Tech's triple option on Thursday.

The wide receiver group may take a hit, as Aldarius Johnson is listed as questionable for the game. Johnson, considered by many to be Miami's most complete receiver, had a solid game against Florida State in the opener and it'll open the door for someone like Laron Byrd to step up and play a bigger role outside for the Canes.

A couple backups are listed as doubtful -- backup left tackle Benjamin Jones and reserve running back Damien Berry. Jones has yet to play for the Canes so assuming the first unit stays healthy, it's not a big loss right now. Berry isn't in the rotation at running back but does play a key role on special teams.

Now for some bad news, starting cornerback Demarcus Van Dyke has been ruled out for the game. That means senior Sam Shields, a converted wide receiver, will likely get the start opposite Brandon Harris. Shields played a big role and a lot of minutes against Florida State in the opener.

Defensive end Adewale Ojomo is still out and the timetable for his return is still uncertain at this point. Also out for the game is backup safety JoJo Nicolas, who played a key role in the absence of starter Vaughn Telemaque in the FSU game.

Reserve lineman Cory White, reserve defensive end Gavin Hardin, and reserve linebacker Shayon Green are also out.



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