Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt has contemplated earlier in the week whether or not to go full contact on Saturday’s scrimmage including quarterbacks. It turns out he did do that with a rough result. Red shirt freshman QB Jack Allison separated his right shoulder, which is his throwing shoulder, when he was sacked by a lineman in the first half of the scrimmage.
The media wasn’t allowed to watch the scrimmage, so this is coming from a source that was allowed in the scrimmage according to the Miami Herald.
Allison, 6-5 and 200 pounds, was scrambling to the right side when the lineman came from behind him, sacked him and landed on the shoulder. Allison will be tended to by the medical staff, but surgery is not expected to be needed.
Richt, who became the first UM coach in many years, maybe ever, to allow quarterbacks to be tackled in an early spring scrimmage, did not mention the Allison injury. From the coach’s description of the overall scrimmage, however, it didn’t sound pretty.
Apparently the first half was completely dominated by the defense which was just relentless chasing the QBs down on several plays. In the second half of the scrimmage the offense did better against the defense, however the defense still had the advantage.
Part of the reason why Richt decided to go with a full contact scrimmage was to make the QB competition tough. Obviously the Allison casualty is regrettable, but according to sources it isn’t a shoulder separation that will require surgery. The unconventional approach will certainly open Richt to more scrutiny, however part of deep competition does require some level of attrition. Knowing the stakes are very high and no one is standing out, perhaps this approach will pay dividends come fall camp. That said, these full contact scrimmages, are likely a one time deal.