Miami Football: Week 2 Fall Practice Stock Report

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2014

Jake Heaps
Jake HeapsCredit: 247Sports

Two-a-day practices and an intrasquad scrimmage highlighted the second week of the Miami Hurricanes' 2014 edition of fall camp.

The most exciting news is easily the quarterback race being narrowed down to two healthy gunslingers, but that's not the only important update from South Florida.

Al Golden and his coaching staff concocted the fall's first depth chart, and motivating players is an overwhelming factor once again. That, or Stacy Coley isn't as good as we think the sophomore is.

However, the 'Canes lost a projected starter for the season, so not everything was business as usual for Miami.


Brad Kaaya -OR- Jake Heaps

Yes, it's highlighted every week, but the quarterback battle is and will continue to be the No. 1 storyline at GreenTree.

In true Al Golden form, he unleashed the dreaded "-OR-" on the initial depth chart. Of course, the expected public indecisiveness did eliminate Kevin Olsen—now set to wear a headset once again—and Malik Rosier, a true freshman who was pegged to redshirt anyway.

According to Susan Miller Degnan of The Miami Herald, junior Dallas Crawford said Kaaya and Heaps were each picked off once during the scrimmage. However, senior Denzel Perryman remained impressed with the poise of both players.

"Just from what I've seen, and I've watched pretty much every minute of practice so far through the first week-and-a-half," Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post told Jeff Fischel of the ACC Digital Network, "Kaaya is more talented. Really tall, about 6'4", throws a really nice ball.

"But Heaps is a veteran....He has the experience, he's started plenty of games. And to ask a true freshman to go up there to Louisville on Labor Day nightnational TV, crazy crowd, all that stuffask a true freshman to do all that, and that's asking a lot."

Golden has about two weeks to decide which quarterback will lead his team into Papa John's Cardinal Stadium—whether that's Kaaya or Heaps.


Rayshawn Jenkins Out for the Season

Credit: 247Sports

On Monday, junior Tracy Howard said he was happy about Rayshawn Jenkins returning from an injury, per Christy Cabrera Chirinos of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Two days later, Jenkins announced he would not be playing this season, and Manny Navarro of The Miami Herald reported the safety will undergo back surgery.

A member of the 2012 recruiting class who played immediately, Jenkins is eligible to take a redshirt season and return as a junior in 2015. While his injury is unfortunate, if there is one positional unit at which Miami can afford to lose a starter, it was safety.

Between Crawford, Deon Bush, Jamal Carter and newcomers Marques Gayot and Kiy Hester, the Hurricanes are plenty deep at safety. Crawford shined during the scrimmage, accounting for five tackles, forcing a fumble and taking an interception 50 yards to the house, per a UM release.

Additionally, David Lake of InsideTheU (subscription required) believes Crawford and Carter will earn the starting nods for the 'Canes against Louisville. Should Carter overtake Bush, Miami has a rather talented, former freshman All-American as a second-stringer.


News and Notes

Last season, senior Rashawn Scott missed eight games due to a broken collarbone he suffered in the opener against Florida Atlantic. Per Miller Degnan, Golden said Scott was having an excellent camp, but the wide receiver again injured his collarbone.

The severity is still unknown, but it would be a shame for Scott to miss an extended period of time for the second consecutive year.

Kc McDermott opened the fall as the starting right tackle before an injury held him out of one practice. Trevor Darling replaced McDermott, who is now working at left tackle, and remained atop the position following the scrimmage.

Trevor Darling
Trevor DarlingCredit: 247Sports

Ultimately, the offensive line will continue fluctuating while injuries occur, but they shouldn't keep Ereck Flowers, Jon Feliciano or Shane McDermott from starting on Sept. 1. Everyone else, however, could be affected by missing practices.

Depth-chart wise, Golden is likely back at his usual tricks, listing expected starters in reserve roles. At this time, Coley, Feliciano, Clive Walford and Al-Quadin Muhammad appear to be the targets of the fourth-year coach's motivational tactics.

Eight true freshmen, including defensive end Chad Thomas and kick returner Braxton Berrios, were listed as second-teamers. Darling and Trent Harris (defensive end) are the first-year players currently named starters.

The second scrimmage, which is on Monday, will provide a better look at where individual Hurricanes stand.


All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.

Follow Bleacher Report college football writer David Kenyon on Twitter: @Kenyon19_BR.


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