Hurricanes recovering from physical Texas A&M game despite quick turnaround before next game

CORAL GABLES — The Miami Hurricanes ground out a win against a talented Texas A&M team on Saturday, but they don’t have the usual amount of time to recuperate and prepare for their next game.

No. 22 Miami (2-0) hosts Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night, forcing the Hurricanes to prepare for a quick turnaround following a particularly physical game.

“We have a chance again to play four days, five days later in front of our fans over at Hard Rock,” UM coach Mario Cristobal said. “It’s nothing but positives. Are some guys banged up? Maybe. We don’t know yet. It’s early. But are guys going to have to step in and play and play at a high level? Absolutely. The best opportunity about this week is that guys are continuing to earn — or not earn — opportunities to play.”

In order to keep the team fresh, Cristobal said the team had to reduce the amount of activity with the short week.

“You use common logic,” Cristobal said. “You go hard, but you’re going to be smart, too. We just had a very, very physical game, and we intend on having another really physical game on Thursday. So between now and then, you can’t do the same amount of stuff but you could use the same processes and make it so that the load is equal to what it would be if we played on a Thursday.”

Cristobal said the program keeps a close eye on the team’s practice load and recovery time.

“We have our sports science people. They’re awesome,” Cristobal said. “They’ve got all those computers. You see all these wires sticking out of our guys, the bands and all that. It’s really good stuff. It’s awesome. I forget what level of military use it’s at, but it’s high.”

After getting through the season opener without any apparent injuries, the Hurricanes got banged up against the Aggies. Miami could be missing several key players for Thursday’s contest.

Starting defensive linemen Akheem Mesidor and Branson Deen left Saturday’s win with injuries, as did freshman running back Mark Fletcher Jr. Safety Kamren Kinchens had to leave the game on a cart and was taken to a local hospital after suffering what appeared to be a severe injury. Cristobal declined to give specifics on Kinchens’ injury, but he said on WQAM’s The Joe Rose Show Monday morning that Kinchens had been cleared of anything “too serious.”

“They’re all progressing well,” Cristobal said. “They’ll all be evaluated daily and assessed by our medical staff, team doctors and whatnot. But they’re all progressing really well and we’ll know a little bit more later in the week.”

Four Hurricanes earn weekly conference honors

Miami’s strong performance against Texas A&M resulted in a few weekly awards for UM players.

Quarterback Tyler Van Dyke was named the conference quarterback of the week, Jacolby George was named the ACC Receiver of the Week, right guard Anez Cooper was named ACC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week and cornerback Jaden Davis was named the conference defensive back of the week.

Van Dyke led the Hurricanes’ offense in the win, completing 21 of 30 passes for 374 yards and a career-best five touchdowns.

George caught three of Van Dyke’s touchdowns and had 94 receiving yards, 64 of which came on his third score of the game.

Cooper had a strong performance at right guard, earning a 64.5 overall offensive grade with a 75.5 pass-blocking grade.

Davis was a key player on defense, making eight tackles with two tackles for loss and a key forced fumble. He had a 75.3 defensive grade.

ACC announces time for first UM road game

The ACC announced the time and broadcast info for the Hurricanes’ first road game of the season.

Miami will face Temple in Philadelphia at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 23. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

The Hurricanes are 13-1 all-time against the Owls. The last time game between the two was in Philadelphia in 2005, and Miami won 34-3. Temple has not beaten UM since 1930.