Sooner or later, Jacory Harris or Stephen Morris is going to do something to separate themselves and win the starting quarterback job at the University of Miami. But as far as coach Al Golden is concerned, he said Thursday he doesn't expect that to happen until mid August.
Golden talked about his quarterback situation and a few other things during the ACC Spring Football Teleconference Thursday.
But we'll start with what he said about his QBs: "I'm really not leaning," Golden said when asked if someone was leading for the job. "I thought both of them did a good job. We had over 300 scrimmage reps and I think we only totaled five or six interceptions. The emphasis has been on finding the check throws, making better decisions with the ball. I think both of those guys did that. They both showed better command of the huddle, better leadership. They both made plays down the field in terms of explosive plays. This will go right up until the middle of August in terms of who we are going to select at that time and then build our offense around them. Clearly the competition has a long way to go."
As he talked about most of the spring, Golden said the team's primary goals for this coming season are to eliminate the things that beat them in 2010. Those would be turnovers and penalties.
"We have to get back to being a really good football team and that starts with eliminating the things that cause you to lose," Golden said. "I think we were 117th in penalties and 119th in turnovers. Those two things we have to correct so we can win. I think we have to continue to make good decisions in the community, not having any distractions academicaly. Those are four areas you can control that cause distractions and cause you to lose. If we can do that, move forward, I think we'll be in good shape."
Golden said he thought the team improved it's conditioning during the spring and was much more physical, "but the conditioning, tempo and mental toughness is not where it needs to be."
"I thought we made a lot of progress," Golden said. "I know that journey is going to be a long one. But I was very pleased with the effort we made. We didn't get much resistance in the part of the players. They bought into it and really improved... I think we're a more physical team. We changed the way we practiced, a lot more phyiscal, a lot more thudding. We had three good physical scrimmages in the heat. Overall, I thought our penalties were down. Our turnovers were better."
Still, there are plenty of things left to work on over the summer. Once fall camp begins, Golden said two things UM has to do is build depth on defense and get more from the wide receiver position.
"We have a long way to go at wideout just because of the injuries we had," Golden said. "We didn't quite get to evaluate or improve our wideouts as much as I would have hoped."
> Senior-to-be Lee Chambers ended the spring at the top of the depth chart at cornerback. Golden said he likes the physical presence Chambers, a former running back, brings the position.
""I'm really pleased with him," Golden said. "He's a big, strong, physical kid for a corner. He came on strong. He plays physical. I thought he really came on the last two weeks doing all the things we thought he could do from a physical standpoint, movement standpoint, lateral mobility. He really picked up the defense well. What we didn't know was how physical he was going to be. He really gave us a boost in terms of being a physical corner not only with his jams but with his tackling. We're excited about Lee. He has a little poise about him. He's been around the block. We're excited about how that position is beginning to take shape there."
Here is the entire interview with Golden from Thursday's teleconference.