Parrish could still play in Miami's opener

Updated: August 21, 2003, 10:29 PM ET

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami coach Larry Coker has not ruled wide receiver Roscoe Parrish out of the third-ranked Hurricanes' season opener at Louisiana Tech on Aug. 30.

Parrish, who is expected to serve as the Hurricanes' primary slot receiver and punt returner, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Aug. 11, and has been held out of practice since.

However, Parrish has continued to let Coker know that he will be healed in time to face the Bulldogs.

"He assures me that he'll be ready to go," Coker said Thursday. "We'll see how he fits into the mix."

The Hurricanes are already without senior Jason Geathers for the opener, and would like to have Parrish -- who had 19 receptions last season and averaged 14.5 yards per punt return -- in the lineup.

For now, senior Kevin Beard and freshman Ryan Moore remain the expected starters for Miami. Beard, who was the Hurricanes' No. 2 receiver last season before tearing a knee ligament against Pittsburgh, has fully recovered from the injury and is looking for a breakout year.

"The go-to guy is what we come here for," Beard said. "Being the tradition the University of Miami has with receivers, you grow up wanting to be a part of that. It's up to me to step into that role and make it happen."

Receiver Sinorice Moss (ankle), who may also play against the Bulldogs, returned to practice Thursday.

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