Fall camp is entering its terminal stage for the Miami Hurricanes, so the opening week of the 2014 college football season has almost arrived.
The 'Canes second and final scrimmage took place, and that brought one notable surprise along with it. Otherwise, it has been a relatively quiet third week at the GreenTree Practice Fields—though a couple workouts remain.
Since Miami's opener against Louisville is on Labor Day, the Hurricanes have a few extra days to prepare for their new ACC opponent. According to Christy Cabrera Chirinos of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, head coach Al Golden said that process will begin Sunday.
Of course, with an unsettled quarterback situation looming, the Miami offense will benefit from the additional time it gets through next week.
Brad Kaaya and Jake Heaps are still battling for the starting quarterback job during the season opener. However, Heaps did not participate in the second scrimmage, which was a surprise considering the emphasis Miami coaches have placed on those days.
#UM spokesman just texted me that Jake Heaps was "held out to rest his arm.'' Hmmm. This was an important scrimmage.— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) August 19, 2014
"Jake's body of work is what he's running on right now," Golden told WQAM, per Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post. "That 30 or 40 plays the other day, that wasn't worth setting him back."
The transfer's "body of work" isn't necessarily a good one, yet Golden appears determined to keep him at the front of the competition. While Heaps' experience is unquestionably valuable, Kaaya has remained impactful, tossing a pair of touchdowns in his competition's absence.
Ultimately, decision day is approaching, but there is not a specific target date. Golden said to Porter:
I always feel like intuitively, when it's decided, you have an idea. Where at this moment, everybody feels like this is the guy, and you go with it. When we feel that moment comes, we'll announce it and we'll move forward.
True Freshmen Continue to Impress
Golden and his coaching staff signed a well-rounded class in February, and many prospects were expected to immediately contribute in some manner. The true freshmen are creating headlines throughout each week of August, and the second scrimmage highlighted two more beyond Kaaya.
Per a UM release, Joseph Yearby led the offense with 71 rushing yards, which is an extremely welcomed sign after two early-camp scares. He missed one practice session and also exited the field early as a precautionary measure in another.
Those two instances were initially causes for concern, but Yearby's scrimmage performances help relieve any doubts about his health.
One week after being tabbed the No. 2 kick and punt returner, Braxton Berrios showed his value on offense, hauling in five receptions Monday.
Coley on Braxton Berrios: "He's really been a strong point for this offense, especially on 3rd down. He's come through with some big plays."— Matt Porter (@mattyports) August 16, 2014
"The UM defense has been unable to effectively cover quick, shifty freshman slot receiver Braxton Berrios," Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald said. "He's going to be difficult to keep off the field."
Yearby has essentially solidified his role as Duke Johnson's backup, and Berrios' successes are demanding attention.
Perryman Blows Up Edwards...Again
During the spring game, Denzel Perryman absolutely destroyed sophomore Gus Edwards, a hit that was captured on helmet cam and spread online like a virus.
Last week, Perryman called class back into session and taught Edwards, who was tentatively running toward the sideline, another hard-earned lesson. Porter said it best:
Two things are for sure: Edwards needs to run with his pad level lower, and Perryman's hit-stick is ready for the 2014 season.
Fortunately, the senior's sound tackling is only a few days away from being unleashed on someone other than his teammate.
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