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April 04, 2014

Per UM: Ryan Williams hurls 76-yard TD strike; Kevin Olsen accounts for 3 TDs in 2nd scrimmage

  The University of Miami had its second spring scrimmage Friday evening on Greentree Field. The nearly two-hour scripted scrimmage (first-team offense vs. first-team defense and second-team offense vs. second-team defense) was closed to the public and media, as was the first scrimmage last Saturday.

      UM sports information reported that senior quarterback Ryan Williams threw a 76-yard touchdown pass “that landed in Stacy Coley’s hands as he was in mid-stride.’’ UM also reported that freshman quarterback Kevin Olsen accounted for three touchdowns – “two through the air and one on the ground’’ – and that sophomore Gray Crow threw a touchdown pass.

   “Gus Edwards added a 25-yard touchdown run down the sideline,’’ UM reported.

   On defense, cornerback Tracy Howard, safety Dallas Crawford and linebacker Raphael Kirby each had five tackles. Howard had the only turnover of the scrimmage, intercepting an Olsen pass in the end zone.

   UM has practices Tuesday and Thursday before it concludes its 15-practice session with the spring game, open to the public, at 6 p.m. April 12 at Sun Life Stadium.

   Honestly, until we see these guys for ourselves in the spring game, it's hard to know exactly what to think. We do know from the open practices that Stacy Coley is a terror, as is Alex Figueroa at linebacker. Cornerback Tracy Howard, black shirt or no black shirt, will be a force to be reckoned with, as is linebacker Denzel Perryman. Al-Quadin Muhammad and Tyriq McCord have only improved and should help put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. 

   Offensively, the increased playing time afforded Gus Edwards with the absence of Duke Johnson and Joseph Yearby should prove invaluable to Edwards

   But we're all wondering exactly how Duke will rebound from his broken ankle. UM's success depends on it.

   One more week and fans can see in a game-like situation how Williams and Olsen perform with the 2014 version of the Hurricanes -- though not until they're able to be tackled, and that would be during the season, will we know for sure how the new quarterback shakes out.

   Should be fun when quarterbacks "Trinidad" Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier arrive in the summer.

    --SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN 

Press release on Canes' second closed spring scrimmage

Courtesy of the University of Miami Sports Information Staff...

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Miami Hurricanes football team held its second spring scrimmage Friday evening on the Greentree Practice Fields. The nearly two-hour scripted scrimmage featured a variety of scenarios, pitting the first-team offense against the first-team defense as well as the second-team offense vs. the second-team defense.

 Senior Ryan Williams, sophomore Gray Crow and redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen took the snaps under center during the scrimmage. Williams tossed one touchdown – a beautiful 76-yard bomb that landed in Stacy Coley’s hands as he was in mid-stride. Olsen accounted for three touchdowns – two through the air and one on the ground – and Crow tossed a TD pass. Gus Edwards added a 25-yard TD run down the sideline, as well.

Miami’s defense was led by Tracy Howard, Raphael Kirby and Dallas Crawford, who all tallied five tackles each. Howard also recorded the lone turnover of the scrimmage, picking off Olsen in the end zone. Miami’s secondary also tallied seven pass break-ups.

The latest #CanesCamp Report with Joe Zagacki will be available later tonight.

Twelve practices are now in the books for the Hurricanes. Miami will hold two more open spring practices Tuesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 10, at 8:45 a.m.

UNITE.14 SPRING GAME & FAMILY FESTIVAL

The Miami Hurricanes will host UNITE.14 Spring Game & Family Festival Presented by BankUnited on April 12 at Sun Life Stadium. Stadium gates will open at 3 p.m.; the Hurricanes' Spring Game will begin at 6 p.m. and will be streamed live on ESPN3. The game is FREE and OPEN to the public.

Parking lots will open at 2 p.m. Fans are asked to park in the maroon lot and enter through Gate 4. Stadium gates will open at 3 p.m. (enter through Gate D/E). The carnival area, which will occupy a portion of the field facing the east end zone, will include inflatables, dunk tanks and Miami's new football uniform display.