So, who's the backup quarterback?
According to what he said Thursday, University of Miami coach Mark Richt doesn't know.
Redshirt sophomore Malik Rosier had that 20-for-29 performance for 272 yards and two touchdowns in the miracle-eight-lateral victory at Duke, making most of us assume that it's Rosier's job to lose. But Richt is going by what he sees every day.
Richt said Brad Kaaya is the definite No. 1, but when asked Thursday about separation behind Kaaya, the coach said, "I'm just trying to evaluate that. That's why I'm giving them all as far an opportunity as I can. Because I don't know the answer.
Behind Kaaya, apparently in no particular order, are Rosier, redshirt freshman Evan Shirreffs, redshirt sophomore Vincent Testaverde and freshman Jack Allison.
"Clear-cut, Brad's No. 1. After that, I really don't know.''
Richt will likely know more after the first scrimmage of spring on Saturday, which is closed to the media and public and will be held at Greentree Field. He said he'll divvy the snaps "probably similar to what I've been doing, which is Brad with the 1s, the other guys rotating between the 2s and 3s. It'll probably be the same exact role.''
When asked Thursday what he wants to see the offense accomplish in the scrimmage, Kaaya said, "Just to be able to funtion at a high rate without things being scripted, without a set period. ...Guys are pretty excited but we still have to kind of stay even-keeled in that aspect. Just because it's a scrimmage and guys are trying to earn spots, you can't just go overboard and try to make the craziest plays. You've just got to focus and do your job. That's what I have learned from the last two years of scrimmages.''
STACY SEARELS TELLS IT LIKE IT IS
Some revealing words from offensive line coach Stacy Searels on Thursday (not in any particular order):
Who has impressed you the most? Who are the two or three guys who have really picked it up and are working hard?
"Danny Isidora. Danny Isidora is by far performing the best right now. Kc [McDermott] has had some good days -- they've all had some really good days. But the most consistent over the long haul has been Danny."
Searels said from left to right, his starters thus far are Trevor Darling at tackle, Kc McDermott at guard, Alex Gall at center (with Nick Linder out for the spring after surgery), Isidora at right guard and Tyree St. Louis at right tackle (Sunny Odogwu is also out after surgery).
"I'll be glad when [tackle] Sunny [Odogwu] and Nick Linder get back,'' Searels said. That will certainly add to our depth."
When told it appears that each of his Canes are mostly sticking to one position rather than playing multiple ones, as they have in the past:
"The more positions you play the more valuable you are, because you want to play the next guy up, but we've tried to stay with a set five right now."
In recruiting, how important is it going to be to get tackles?
"Tell every tackle in America, if he wants to play, come to Miami. We need him. We need more tackles. We definitely need more tackles. You can always take tackles. They play inside when they're young and they move outside. Or I've had a lot of guys that come in as true freshmen and play at tackle. We like the long tackle bodies that can play multiple positions."
So,how have the O-linemen been looking?
"You know what? [There have been] days they've been really really good and there have been some days we've been really, really bad. We're looking for more consistency. I like the effort of Danny Isidora -- he sticks out. He's doing everything we ask. He's playing hard. He's leading. We need more guys to join his group. We've got some good young talent, but we've got to grow up."
Is technique the biggest thing you have to stress in spring?
"No. It's everything: Assignment, alignment, technique, effort. Just continuing to get people to do things on a consistent basis."
LAWRENCE CAGER APPRECIATES CRITICISM
Lawrence Cager seems to appreciate Richt saying last week that the Canes are lacking in speed at wide receiver, making the cornerbacks not work hard enough.
"I think he was just trying to light a fire to make us work harder and get better each day,'' Cager told me Thursday. "I don't take it as criticism because Coach Richt is a very loving guy and I think he's just trying to get us to work harder and work on our speed so we can run away from those defenders easily.
"I think it did work. We came out and showed them today."
GUS EDWARDS READY TO ROCK 'N ROLL
Redshirt junior running back Gus Edwards said he's ready to compete fully in Saturday's scrimmage.
Edwards, who said he is 6-2 and 235, said he's completely healed after sustaining a Lisfranc fracture at a preseason fall camp scrimmage last year and missing the season.
"I tore the ligament between the top of my [left] foot,'' he said Thursday. "It was painful.''
He said he was "very limited" the first three months after surgery. I couldn't do a lot. After that I came out here just running straight ahead. No quick moves.
"They put like five screws in there and a metal plate.''
Edwards said the screws and plate have since been removed and he'll be full go Saturday.
Out of Tottenville High in Staten Island, N.Y., Edwards was the Canes' third-leading rusher in 2014, rushing for 349 yards on 61 carries, a 5.7-yard-per-carry average. He scored six touchdowns.
When Richt was asked about Edwards on Thursday, he said "he had a couple runs two days ago where we really gave him a lot of space and he didn't finish the run the way we want runs to be finished. Obviously coach [Thomas] Brown made a point, because when he did get some space [Thursday], he was running hard, like he needs to -- knocking people back at the end of runs, which was good.
"He's got ability, he's just got to really practice hard every snap.''
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN