Hurricanes to name kicker Wednesday, day before opener

Updated: August 26, 2003, 9:44 PM ET

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami coach Larry Coker will wait until the day before the 3rd-ranked Hurricanes' season opener at Louisiana Tech on Thursday to name a starting kicker.

The competition to replace departed kicker Todd Sievers has staggered because of injuries and inconsistency.

Sophomore Mark Gent, who backed up Sievers last season, spent the spring as the Hurricanes' first-team kicker, and was expected to hold the position through the fall. However, Gent has been inconsistent this fall, repeatedly misfiring on attempts inside of 40 yards and opening the door for freshman Jon Peattie.

Peattie has missed most of training camp with a groin injury.

The coaching staff evaluated the kickers' statistics Tuesday night, and a decision was expected Wednesday. Coker said the team feels comfortable with either player, up to a point.

"We feel that we'll be consistent inside 43 yards," Coker said.

Freshman Brian Monroe, who has solidified the starting spot at punter, might also be used for kickoffs, likely splitting time with the loser of the place-kicking competition.

Coker also announced Tuesday that sophomore wide receiver Akieem Jolla is suspended for the Louisiana Tech game after violating team policy. Jolla has also been demoted to practicing with the scout team, weeks after he was projected to back up Jason Geathers at split end.

Geathers (hamstring), linebacker Rocky McIntosh (knee), and offensive guard Joe McGrath (leg) will also miss the trip.

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