UM's Cager feeling good in return from ACL tear

A year ago at this time, Hurricanes receiver Lawrence Cager was little more than a spectator, watching helplessly as his teammates worked their way through Miami’s ACC schedule.

Sidelined by a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered during offseason workouts, Cager couldn’t practice, couldn’t play and spent more time doing rehabilitation work than anything other football activity.

Now three games into his redshirt sophomore season, though, Cager says he’s feeling good, physically and mentally, as No. 13 Miami prepares to travel to Tallahassee to face Florida State on Saturday.

“I’m just staying on top of my knee, getting treatment every day and stuff,” Cager said. “Credit [receivers coach Ron Dugans] making me go to treatment and stay on top of it. I feel great.”

Through three games, Cager — a former U.S. Army All-American — has seven catches for 89 yards. His 5-yard touchdown pass in Miami’s 41-13 opening-season win over Bethune-Cookman was his first score since he caught a touchdown pass against North Carolina in 2015.

Now he’s looking forward to a return to Florida State, where he played as a true freshman and had a 13-yard catch.

“It was loud. It feels like whenever they make a play, the ground’s shaking,” Cager said. “They told me it was going to be a lot of the [Tomahawk Chop], but I didn’t know it was going to be that many. It’s an amazing atmosphere. They make it feel like an away game. … It’s loud.”

Richards practices

Fellow Hurricanes receiver Ahmmon Richards was a full participant in practice Tuesday, Miami coach Mark Richt said.

Richards, who missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring issue, stumbled into the end zone on a late score in Miami’s 31-6 win over Duke on Friday, but said after the game he felt fine.

He is expected to play Saturday at Florida State.

Weather tweaks schedule again

Once again, a weather forecast has thrown a wrench into Miami’s practice schedule.

The Hurricanes, who had their game at Arkansas State canceled because of Hurricane Irma and had their game at Florida State pushed back because of the storm, practiced on Tuesday at the Dolphins facility in Davie because stormy weather was forecast for South Florida early in the day.

It’s not the first time several of the Hurricanes have practiced there, but at least one veteran said players handled the experience better than they have in the past.

“It was a long bus ride there and you have to get back with focus. I was really happy that we attacked practice like we should have,” left tackle Kc McDermott said. “That maturity level that we talk about is always good to have. Last year we might have not been as focused as we were today.”

Next game: No. 13 Miami at FSU, Saturday, 3:30, ESPN

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