Mark Richt’s return to his alma mater Miami has gotten off to a good start on the scoreboard thanks to a season opening 70-3 win over Florida A&M. In the injury department however, things have been anything but smooth sailing for the veteran head coach.
The school confirmed reports on Thursday night with a release stating that two defenders would be sidelined for the Hurricanes’ game against Florida Atlantic, with starting cornerback Adrian Colbert and backup defensive tackle Adrian Colbert both suffering from what were officially labeled “lower extremity injuries.”
The Palm Beach Post reported that Colbert suffered his injury during practice on Wednesday and tore the meniscus in his knee. The Post also reported that Jenkins, who was hurt late in the season opener, underwent a minor surgery to fix the same issue.
The pair adds to a long list of players who will find themselves on the sideline this week against the Owls. As a result of the two latest injuries, the already shaky Miami defense appears as though it will get even younger and more inexperienced. The team started three true freshman linebackers in Week 1 and will likely have a mix of freshmen and sophomores starting in the secondary next to veteran Corn Elder.
It may not matter much for the Hurricanes this week against local rival FAU but a trip to face Appalachian State in Week 3 looms before starting ACC play in October. Dealing with a host of injuries is probably not what Richt scripted to begin the 2016 season.