CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -Miami coach Randy Shannon walked around a corner toward the practice field, immediately slipping into darkness.
Football practice at Miami got a new twist early Thursday, with the first scheduled 5:45 a.m. workout of the season.
The way Shannon sees it, early morning practices are advantageous in several ways. There's no scheduling conflicts with classes at that hour, and it minimizes the chance of workouts being interrupted by storms - a common event on steamy South Florida afternoons.
It's not a short-term experiment, either: Plans call for the early workouts to continue the rest of the season. The first wave of players hit the field at 5:28 a.m.; the first air horn blew at 5:42 a.m., indicating the official start of the session.

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