Update: April 15
The spring game for the Miami Hurricanes was much how last year's regular season turned out for this team. The offense completely carved up the defense and there was nothing that could be done to stop it.
Quarterback Stephen Morris passed for more than 200 yards on 13 completions and was impressed with his receivers, according to
Morris said he was pleased with the offense, "especially with the fact that we ran vanilla offense. . . . I was happy with the receivers. They didn't drop too many and they did an unbelievable job of knowing what they've got and knowing their assignments and executing them."
As for the defense, linebacker Denzel Perryman led the way with two interceptions, according to the report.
Update: April 8
Quarterback Stephen Morris showed last season that he is more than capable of starting for the Hurricanes. According to
"I've matured so much on the field and especially off the field," Morris said. "So I just want everybody around me to be on the same level — just communicating better with the guys around me."
Morris has also improved his arm strength during the offseason and is able to now do 14 bench press reps of 225 pounds, according to the report.
Update: April 5
Heading into the spring, most would have just assumed that Ryan Williams was the man for the backup quarterback position. Not so fast. According to Christopher Stock of 247Sports, Gray Crow is right in the middle of the competition and has impressed head coach Al Golden.
(Gray’s) doing good, he’s fighting right there with Ryan. Golden said. That’s where the battle is right now, it’s right there. Those guys are fighting for 2. Gray has a strong arm, he has to continue to build his confidence, command the huddle, make good decisions, get us out of bad plays. He’s not there yet, but he has the requisite skills—he has the arm and he’s snapped off a few for us last week and we just have to get that out of him every day.
Update: April 4
According to Dyron Dye is out indefinitely with an Achilles injury that required surgery.
With a little bit of positive news, Casagrande is also reporting that running back Dallas Crawford looks faster than a year ago and should be ready to backup Duke Johnson this season.
Update: April 1
One of the players to keep a close eye on this spring is cornerback Tracy Howard. One of the top recruits of the 2012 class, he is expected to see a much bigger role this season. According to Christopher Stock of 247Sports, he is doing a terrific job this spring, but he is far from being satisfied.
To be honest I wasn’t too happy with my performance. Howard said. I feel I can totally dominate. I feel I was kind of solid, but I don’t feel I graded out that good. I think I did OK to be a top 20 cornerback, but I want to be No. 1. I didn’t feel I played up to my full potential. I feel I played alright, but there’s a lot of things I can still get better at. I just want to totally dominate across the board.
Update: March 25
The Miami Hurricanes held their first spring scrimmage of spring practice and Al Golden liked what he saw, according to Dieter Kurtenbach of the Sun Sentinel.
I'm excited about where we are. Golden said. We've got a long way to go. I've learned to be careful around here, but we had a good first scrimmage — that's it...But that's why we come out here. It's gotta be different, it can't just be another practice everyone has to be tested, me included.
Quarterback Stephon Morris completed 17 of 31 passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Duke Johnson racked up more than 100 all-purpose yards. For more news and notes, checkout the report provided by Christopher Stock of 247Sports.
Update: March 13
Miami has a lot of experience returning from a year ago. In fact, the 19 starters returning are by far the most in the ACC. So with so many veterans back on the roster, it can make things difficult as far as younger players cracking the starting lineup.
Don't tell that to linebacker Raphael Kirby.
The sophomore who is returning from an injured ankle after spending all of last year as a backup, is now pushing guys for the starting middle linebacker position and is holding his own early on, according to Christopher Stock of 247Sports.
It’s a great honor (to be on the first team), but it comes with hard work and a lot of push from the coaches. Kirby said. This offseason they pushed me. The biggest thing was to get my weight up and just learning the plays, and being able to direct the defense at middle linebacker.
According to the report, Kirby is holding down the middle linebacker spot, with Denzel Perryman at weakside and freshman Alex Figueroa on the strongside.
Update: March 12
A few Hurricanes this spring are looking to make bigger strides than a year ago. One of those guys is Dyron Dye, who has spent much of his career at the tight end position. The problem is that he came to Miami as a highly recruited defensive end.
Dye has spent the offseason losing a considerable amount of weight and seems to have convinced the coaching staff to move him back to the defensive side of the ball, according to Christopher Stock of 247Sports.
At the end of the season we have our evaluations and I talked with Golden and I asked him if I could go back and help out back on d-line. Dye said. I told him that I felt the team needed me there because we had tight ends coming in. He agreed with me.
As for the battle at the safety spot, Rayshawn Jenkins has actually added on a few pounds and has been practicing with the first team at the position. According to Christopher Stock of 247Sports, he has also improved in the weight room and is really becoming one of the early spring standouts.
“I feel faster plus I gained 15 pounds,” he said. “I was 200 when I ran that. I’m 215 now but I feel more explosive and faster. Swasey really has you in the weight room squatting and power cleaning.”
Jenkins is currently in a tight battle with Deon Bush, A.J. Highsmith and Kacy Rodgers for the safety position.
Update: March 8
In somewhat of a slow news day, the Miami Hurricanes have decided to become the latest team to release a Harlem Shake video. Sure, spring practice should be taken seriously to a point, but it is nice seeing guys loosen up a bit and can enjoy themselves between sweating it out on the gridiron. Also, you just knew the team that helped invent swagger wasn't going to get left out on something like this.
To see the video, click here.
Update: March 6
According to Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald, there have been plenty of position changes this spring. Some of them include Tyriq McCord switching from defensive end to outside linebacker and Dyron Dye and David Perry both becoming defensive ends after playing tight end.
If you are paying attention to this year’s spring practices and notice a few names not participating, it is because they have all been held out for various reasons.
According to Andrea Adelson of ESPN, Thurston Armbrister, Malcolm Lewis, Shane McDermott, Gabe Terry, Eduardo Clements, Robert Lockhart Jr. and the aforementioned David Perry will all be sidelined. Also, linebacker Eddie Johnson remains suspended after violating team rules.
According to Christopher Stock of 247Sports, Rayshawn Jenkins is the latest safety to wear the No. 26 jersey number that was worn by former Hurricane great Sean Taylor. Jenkins had previously worn No. 29, but has decided to make the switch and take on the added responsibility that only Anthony Reddick and Ray Ray Armstrong have done since Taylor finished his career in 2003.