By: David Franklin
Miami has now had two scrimmages and is nearing the end of spring practice. With lots of question marks coming in and still plenty left to get answered it does seem that certain players are starting to move towards the front of the list and some have shown much improvement from last year.
The QB race looks to be turning into a two man race as Jarren Williams and N’Kosi Perry both looked good today and seem to be getting more and more comfortable in the new offense being instilled by OC Dan Enos. Perry and Williams went 7/12 and 9/15 respectively with Perry throwing for 78 yards and Williams going for 134 yards and a TD. Newcomer Tate Martell continues to struggle and just doesn’t look comfortable at all. While he shows flashes of athleticism at times Martell just looks out of sync.
The Offensive Line continues to try to find a combination that will work but injuries, depth, and just overall toughness seem to be issues that haven’t gotten a lot better from a year ago. I’m not saying this group won’t be improved from last season I’m just saying don’t forget how bad they really were. It’s a long process. Despite that, the run game looks promising as both DeeJay Dallas and Cam Harris continue to impress. Lorenzo Lingard is still nursing a knee injury and although he dressed out today he hasn’t seen any action. Even FB Realus George has shown improvements and has been praised several times by the coaching staff.
Some newcomers in the receiving group are making statements as transfer KJ Osborn and true freshman Jeremiah Payton continue to shine. Mark Pope looks to be coming into his own and had a nice run today for over fifty yards.
The big thing I see on defense is that the first team is extremely good but that’s it, the depth behind them is disappointing to say the least. Nesta Silvera, Greg Rousseau, DJ Ivey, Al Blades, and Gurvan Hall have all made big strides from a year ago and will all be solid this season.
The final scrimmage and Spring Game will be held next Saturday at Camping World Stadium at noon and then CMD and his staff can step back and evaluate what they’ve seen and have a much better idea on what they need to do to get ready for the August 24th showdown with UF.