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What We Learned From Miami Hurricanes Spring Camp

Ari Russell

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The Miami Hurricanes wrapped up their Spring camp on Saturday. Here are some of the things we learned about the Canes.

1) Malik Rosier leaves the Spring as the clear best option at QB. Rosier was splitting first team snaps with Evan Shirreffs. When all things wrapped up, Rosier was the better man. Though he threw around six INTs in the various scrimmages, he displayed some great arm strength and big play ability. He’s certainly limited, but he’s showed a lot of promise on read option, which is a good sign.

2)Who will be the #2 WR? Ahmmon Richards is obviously the #1 option at WR as he’s going to be one of the top receivers in the country. The question is who will be the #2. There are some options, Darrell Langham had a strong spring, and though he lacks breakout speed, his size at 6’4, plus is assertiveness has opened eyes. Also Lawrence Cager who missed the spring, will also probably get some reps at #2. Deejay Dallas showed some aggressiveness and playmaking ability.  Braxton Berios wasn’t much of a factor this spring, but we will see what happens in the Fall.

3)Running back depth is a huge issue. Outside of Mark Walton they are very thin. There’s a chance they add Clemson’s Tyshon Dye as a grad transfer which will help. Travis Homer needs some work is blocking and Trayone Gray and Robert Burns will be available in the Fall. We may be signing a different tune after Fall camp, but RB depth a huge issue this spring.

4)The defense is stacked all around. They have a ton of depth at all positions on the defensive line. This may be the deepest defensive line since the Butch Davis/Larry Coker era. That’s not hyperbole. We will do an entire breakdown of the defense later this week. The Linebackers are also deep. Shaq Quarterman is could be a first team All-America candidate and certainly could end up winning the Butkus award. The positions that saw the most attrition was the DBs. What seemed to be a concern going into the Spring ended up being a nice surprise. Sheldrick Redwine shifted from corner to safety and has totally blown the coaching staff away. Jaquan Johnson is expected to start opposite of Redwine and Amari Carter also looked good. At corner back Malek Young is going to be a stud, with Citadel transfer Dee Delaney and JUCO pickup Jhavonta Dean who will be coming to campus in June are expected to get a lot of burn.

5)The coaching staff knows how to create healthy competition. What’s clear is that Richt and crew do a great job of creating competition that leads to more depth. What it does is push the players who expect to start. Obviously the QB competition was the most focused on, but what Diaz did with the linebackers was amazing. He gave a lot of chances for a lot of players to compete against the three freshman who held down the fort last year. The results were good. Keep an eye on the LB position in the fall and who emerges. We may have some surprises, which is only a good sign for the 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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