Miami quarterback Kenny Kelly, who led the 23rd-ranked Hurricanes to 31 second-half points and a dramatic, come-from-behind victory over Boston College last weekend, might be sidelined for Saturday's game against West Virginia.
Kelly had a hard cast placed on his sprained left ankle Sunday and is not expected to practice until later this week.
"It'll be an ongoing thing through the course of the week," Hurricanes coach Butch Davis said Tuesday. "He's sore and he's tender. He's probably going to be very limited, particularly during the early part of the week, and then we'll make some kind of assessment later on in the week as he starts to move around."
Kelly said the cast, which he anticipated having removed Wednesday, was only precautionary and he definitely will play.
"It's just a little sprain and I should be all right for this weekend," Kelly said. "I am playing. It's not that serious where I can't play. The doctors just want to be safe."
Kelly, a sophomore from Tampa, is coming off the best two games of his career. He was 27-of-41 for 370 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to top-ranked Florida State on Oct. 9.
Then he was 20-of-36 for 218 yards and three TDs against the Eagles. He led the Hurricanes (3-3) to three touchdowns in a span of about 13 minutes en route to the biggest comeback in school history.
Kelly sprained his ankle on the second play of the game-winning drive, when Boston College's Chris Hovan sacked him.
"My ankle got caught in the turf and one of the d-linemen kind of twisted my ankle up under the pile," Kelly said. "I think it was purposely, but that's part of football. I'm pretty sure our defensive linemen do that too."
"It was a lot of pain, but I was going to do whatever it took to win that game. Even if I would have broken my ankle, I wouldn't have came out. We needed that game."
If Kelly does not play against the Mountaineers, Davis said freshman Ken Dorsey would start. Dorsey has played in just one game, mop-up duty in Miami's 57-3 rout of Florida A&M, and was 4-of-12 for 44 yards with a touchdown.
"If Ken Dorsey does have to play, we won't alter or change one single thing about our game plan," Davis said. "He knows everything we're doing and he's been prepared every week to be able to go into ballgames and play."
Nonetheless, Davis and the Hurricanes are hopeful Kelly will play.
"Kenny's a warrior," defensive tackle Matt Sweeney said. "I'm pretty sure he'll be out there. He's a tough guy. Even if he's not 100 percent, he'll still be out there and you won't be able to tell his ankle is bothering him."
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