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August 18, 2014

Hurricanes' final fall scrimmage completed. 2 TD passes for Kaaya.

The Miami Hurricanes' second and final fall scrimmage, closed to the media and public, is over.

  NOTE: UM just sent message saying fifth-year senior quarterback Jake Heaps was "held out to rest his arm.'' Hmmm. Is his arm hurt? Is it just sore? This was a scrimmage, and a very important one at that. 

  I like the way Lindsay Bohlen, UM's Assistant Director of Football Operations/Recruiting described it in her tweet: "Monday Night Football for the Canes!"

 The next game is the real thing two weeks from tonight at Louisville.

Though we couldn't watch, the University of Miami's sports information staff generated a scrimmage report. 

Here's the UM report, while I work on a story for tomorrow's paper and to post online later.


 Yearby, Muhammad excel in second scrimmage


CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Monday night was filled with football in Coral Gables as the Miami Hurricanes held their second scrimmage of #CanesCamp.

 The Canes were out on the Greentree Practice Fields for a two-hour scrimmage, and players on both sides of the ball wasted little time making an impression on the coaches and NFL scouts in attendance.

 The offense got on the scoreboard early as Matt Goudis hit a 38-yard field goal on the team's second series of the evening. Brad Kaaya added six more points when he connected with Stacy Coley on a three-yard touchdown pass. Kevin Olsen's nine-yard touchdown pass to Tyre Brady completed the first half scoring for the offense.

 Kaaya got the Hurricane offense into the end zone for the final time Monday night when he found fullback Walter Tucker in the end zone for a score from nine yards out.

 Several of Miami's running backs had impressive showing on Monday, led by freshman Joseph Yearby. The former Miami Central standout rushed for a team-high 71 yards, including a game-best 33-yard run. Duke Johnson, Gus Edwards and Trayone Gray also had several impressive runs.

 Fifteen different Canes caught a pass on Monday, with freshman Braxton Berrios leading the way with five catches for 48 yards. Seven Hurricanes has multiple catches and senior tight end Raphael Akpejiori recorded his first catch in a scrimmage.

 Linebacker Thurston Armbrister picked off a pass and returned it for a 40-yard touchdown, but the junior linebacker was not the only defensive standout on Monday night. Malik Mayweather also had an interception late in the first half, while senior linebacker Denzel Perryman delivered a loud and forceful hit on Edwards in the second half for a three-yard loss. Perryman finished the night with five tackles.

 Al-Quadin Muhammad was active in the backfield, recording two of Miami's seven sacks on Monday. Anthony Chickillo, Jermaine Grace, Ufomba Kamalu, Tyriq McCord and Darrion Owens also sacked the quarterback in Monday's scrimmage.

 The Hurricane defense finished the scrimmage with 10 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and two passes deflected at the line of scrimmage.


 Monday Night Football for the Canes! pic.twitter.com/ZZ6gM0rccs

The freshmen speak: Kaaya, Berrios, McDermott, Darling, Yearby, Gray, Thomas, Harris and Njoku

I got a chance last Friday during Media Day to talk to nine Hurricanes freshmen on film.

They were: Quarterback Brad Kaaya, receiver Braxton Berrios, offensive linemen Kc McDermott and Trevor Darling, running backs Joe Yearby and Trayone Gray, defensive linemen Chad Thomas and Trent Harris and linebacker David Njoku.

As you know, we the media only get to talk with freshmen once during camp and this was our opportunity. Here is the playlist of interviews I shot.