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“You can get a lot of staph infections from those burns if you’re not careful,” Shannon said. “You go up there and you practice, a guy gets a dirt burn or a sand burn, then he can’t heal and he might miss the FAMU game or the Ohio State game (the following week). So you don’t put yourself in that situation.”

When it comes to the dirt, Miami’s schedule might provide a break.

After Thursday, the Hurricanes aren’t back at home until they face Florida State on Oct. 9. The Marlins play their regular-season finale Oct. 3. Barring a playoff run, the field might be all grass when the Seminoles come to South Florida.

“Depends on the Marlins,” Shannon said. “If they get hot, we might be in trouble.”