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3 things to watch at the Miami Hurricanes Spring game

Ari Russell



(USA Today - Charles LeClaire)

On Saturday the Miami Hurricanes will play their Spring game. Slater for a 6pm ET start at Hard Rock Stadium, this will be the first time the public will get to see what the 2018 version of the Miami Hurricanes will look like. Here are three things to keep on eye on for Saturday.

The QB Battle

Head coach Mark Richt has made it clear that the QB position is an open competition this Spring. So far Malik Rosier is still in the lead however we will get to see red shirt freshman N’Kosi Perry and true freshman Jarren Williams. All three are going to get substantial snaps so it’s going to be interesting to see what happens. We know the fan base is hungry to see Perry who was deemed one of the best dual threat QB coming out of high school. Williams is also a special talent who could make some impressive plays as well. All that said this scrimmage will be vital in seeing how the QB race will look come the fall. The question is whether Perry who redshirted last season is up to speed on the offense. If he is, he has some serious explosiveness. With all that said the fierce competition is certainly going to push Rosier who won the starting QB hands down in 2017.


The Defensive Line

Miami lost quite a bit of talent on the defensive line with Chad Thomas, Trent Harris, RJ McIntosh and Kendrick Norton all likely going to be drafted in the NFL Draft. In addition they have a new defensive line coach with Jess Simpson. The attrition all around will be key to see how other players step up. One player who has emerged has been Gerald Willis. Willis who sat out all of last season for personal reason has come back and has been a complete stud according to Simpson and the rest of the coaching staff. Also it’s expected that Joe Jackson will have a breakout year in his junior season. On Saturday we will get to see who else emerges on the line and how the new position coach is developing the talent.


Expect Jeff Thomas to make some plays

Jeff Thomas had a solid first scrimmage last weekend and he’s expected to be a major part of the offense in the Spring game. Actually expect Thomas to be a major factor on offense come the fall as well. He had some big time plays his freshman season and now as he has already been through the cycle, with his speed and talent, expect bigger numbers in 2018. On Saturday fans will get to see Thomas’ speed up close yet again, but they will probably have more plays for him in his second season. If Ahmmon Richards can come back to full form after injury along with Thomas, the Miami receiving corp has some serious weapons.

The Miami Spring game is free BTW if you are in the area and want to watch a glorified scrimmage and are just thirsty to see the 2018 Canes.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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