Coker names Miami captains

Published September 3, 2006

CORAL GABLES - Miami conducted its final full-length preseason practice Saturday morning. All that is left before the season opener against Florida State on Monday night is a walk-through today.

"The preparation is good," coach Larry Coker said. "We're excited about playing, and we're looking forward to a great football game."

Coker named the captains Saturday. Seniors Brandon Meriweather and Baraka Atkins are defensive captains, and senior Anthony Wollschlager and junior quarterback Kyle Wright will lead the offense Monday night.

"I think they deserve it," Coker said. "We usually rotate captains and then we select. But I think they're a good group."

FSU: Expect nail-biter

TALLAHASSEE - Coach Bobby Bowden believes Monday's game against Miami will be another close affair.

"It's going to be another great game," Bowden said. "It will probably come down to the last minute again this year."

Kicker Gary Cismesia was 5-for-5 on field goals Saturday, all kicks from the hold of Brent Moody.

The offense practiced on the game field at Doak Campbell Stadium, while the defense worked out on the practice fields.

The offense practiced in the stadium so that managers could blast crowd noise from the public-address system, giving the team a chance to practice for the difficulty of communicating in the Orange Bowl.

"I stressed to the players that staying away from penalties is very important in the game," Bowden said. "We had several games last year that could have gone the other way without the penalties."

Florida State will not practice today, although a select group of the skill players are scheduled to visit the Orange Bowl field for a walk-through after the team lands.

Miami is favored by 31/2.

"I did mention to our players that we were the underdogs in the game," Bowden said.