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