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other games of our past sea­son. The Clem­son game I watched at least four times. The Wis­con­sin game, Pitts­burgh game. And I know ev­ery­body else did it, too.”

Added re­ceiver Ah­m­mon Richads, “The way it ended kind of spoiled the whole good sea­son, 10-0 [to start the year]. But los­ing three games, that kind of just wiped that right away. We don’t re­ally think about that. We think about those three losses and how to get bet­ter this year from that.”

The Hur­ri­canes know they’ll have the chance to end that los­ing streak with the na­tion watch­ing when they open the sea­son Sept. 2 against LSU in Ar­ling­ton, Texas in the Ad­voCare Clas­sic.

The chance to play a marquee op­po­nent at a venue like AT&T Sta­dium and move on from the Pitts­burgh, Clem­son and Wis­con­sin losses has pro­vided fuel through gru­el­ing off­sea­son work­outs and dur­ing Satur­day’s prac­tice.

Those losses have pro­vided lessons, too, more than one Hur­ri­cane not­ing the im­por­tance of build­ing depth, of tak­ing care of their bod­ies and of the need to play through the en­tirety not just of games, but of the sea­son.

“We want to fin­ish. We preach that all the time,” said safety Jaquan John­son, a pre­sea­son All-ACC se­lec­tion who led the Hur­ri­canes with 96 tack­les and was tied for the team-high with four in­ter­cep­tions last sea­son. “There are four quar­ters of foot­ball. We started off the sea­son with a great half and then on the back end we let games go. We’re preach­ing that we have to fin­ish so that’s most im­por­tant.”

Satur­day morn­ing was an­other step for­ward in that process. Quar­ter­back Ma­lik Rosier, who started all 13 games for Mi­ami last sea­son, was back lead­ing the first of­fense dur­ing the open­ing min­utes of prac­tice. Richards, who dealt with in­juries all UM quar­ter­back Ma­lik Rosier looks to con­nect with a re­ceiver dur­ing prac­tice.

through­out 2017, was back to work.

So, too, were de­fen­sive end Demetrius Jackson, re­ceiver Ev­i­dence Njoku and line­backer Charles Perry, all of whom suf­fered dif­fer­ent sea­son-end­ing in­juries last fall. Zach McCloud, who in­jured his wrist in the spring, was on the field go­ing through drills as well.

“It was good to see Ah­m­mon back. DJack, even from the be­gin­ning of sum­mer un­til the end of sum­mer, with how he changed his body,” Richt said. “You know, when you get in­jured, it’s hard to keep your body fat down. It’s hard to stay in good shape. But then when he got healthy again, he re­ally trimmed down and had a won­der­ful sum­mer. He did a good job.”

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