The Miami Hurricanes spring game took place on Saturday, April 12 at Sun Life Stadium, pitting the offense against the defense.
An unconventional scoring system gave the defense a 61-60 win, and it was a well-deserved victory.
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2014 Spring Game
First-Half Analysis for the Miami Hurricanes
Pass Offense: Kevin Olsen, who now leads the quarterback battle, could not find a rhythm after connecting on a few passes. Gray Crow has looked better than Olsen, tossing a couple of outstanding deep balls that were dropped by D'Mauri Jones and Garrett Kidd.
Run Offense: Sophomore Gus Edwards was the most impressive running back, bursting through holes, dragging defenders and finishing carries strongly. Walter Tucker and De'Andre Johnson had a respectable opening session, but Edwards is clearly the best back on the field.
Pass Defense: Jermaine Grace nearly intercepted a Crow pass, and the secondary has covered the Miami receivers very well to this point. Also, Ufomba Kamalu was credited with a sack.
Run Defense: Denzel Perryman and Dallas Crawford were flocking to the ball, and Darrion Owens made his presence felt with solid tackling. Cornerback Tracy Howard did well to wrap up the big-bodied Edwards in the open field.
Special Teams: The 'Canes are playing on a shortened field, so there are no kickoffs or punts. However, returning kicker Matt Goudis pushed a 46-yard field goal to the right.
Coaching: Al Golden is more of an overseer during this game, but offensive coordinator James Coley is calling a decent mix of runs and passes. More importantly, Olsen and Crow have not looked overwhelmed with the plays.
Final Analysis for the Miami Hurricanes
Pass Offense: The quarterbacks have plenty to improve before the 2014 season. Overall, Olsen was disappointing. He airmailed numerous passes but displayed excellent touch on a completion to Malcolm Lewis. Expected backup Crow outplayed Olsen, but that isn't saying much.
Run Offense: Edwards flaunted significant improvement, showing more explosiveness and better balance at the point of contact. Tucker consistently accelerated through defenders and broke arm tackles.
Pass Defense: The Miami secondary hardly allowed easy completions, and Thurston Armbrister, Grace and Jelani Hamilton each deflected passes. Juwon Young and Tracy Howard both notched an interception, and Kamalu was credited with a non-contact sack.
Run Defense: Perryman absolutely hammered Edwards, and Alex Figueroa smacked the back, too. True freshmen Owens and Young also tallied a few tackles. While ultimately improved, the defense was surrendering too many yards after contact.
Special Teams: Goudis converted on one extra point, but he hooked a 50-yard field goal and pushed a 46-yarder wide right.
Coaching: Though possibly a product of porous quarterback play, Mark D’Onofrio's defense was consistently pressuring Olsen and Crow. Coley kept the playbook simple for his young gunslingers, but his persistence with the running game was encouraging.