It’s a go.
The Miami Hurricanes opened spring practice Monday at Greentree Field, and the media got to watch for about 25 minutes.
There was a lot of action out there and a lot of receivers criss-crossing each other and making it seem almost like a choreographed routine. It was fun to watch.
The atmosphere was quite a bit more energized than we had seen in the recent past, with new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Rhett Lashlee doing a lot of individual and group coaching. He was loud.
Lashlee, with the quarterbacks, yelled at one point: “You started throwing go balls in the seventh grade! Do not overthrew them, people!”
Then, this: “Hey, quarterbacks! Every overthrown go ball is five up-downs from here on out! Give them a chance to make a play.”
New receiver coach Rob Likens also was very vocal and hyped up.
Naturally, we focused on the quarterbacks and new graduate transfer D’Eriq King, formerly at Houston. He looked good for Day One. Crisp throws, on target.
Rhett Lashlee told me in a recent interview that the first people to take reps would be based on mat drills in offseason conditioning. When we first walked into the practice, the QBs were lined up near the fence and N’Kosi Perry, followed by King, Tate Martell, Peyton Matocha and true freshman Tyler Van Dyke. went first throwing short passes to a single receiver.
But as we were escorted off the field, it was King who took the first snaps in seven-on-seven against the defense. Included with the first team on offense were running back Cam Harris, receivers Mark Pope, Mike Harley and Dee Wiggins, and tight end Will Mallory. True freshman/early enrollee receiver Dazalin Worsham was mixed in there after a play or two.
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Note: We did not see tight end Michael Irvin out there today, and we knew rehabbing starter Brevin Jordan would be out for spring.
Among the receivers, one who I believe could be particularly potent this season — and looked really good Monday — is 6-1, 195-pound redshirt freshman Jeremiah Payton. He seems very fit and larger and can jump sky-high.
And though coach Manny Diaz told us true freshman/early enrollee receiver Michael Redding III would be among a large group missing spring, we did see Redding out there, but wearing a blue vest, with his right wrist either casted or wrapped in blue tape. Hard to see exactly. He did not catch any balls but did run some routes.
This story was originally published March 2, 2020 11:18 AM.