Miami Hurricanes senior defensive end and former linebacker Trent Harris led UM in sacks, but was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. He saluted his military brother Troy after every sack. Now he awaits the NFL Draft.
The Miami Hurricanes ended spring practice with their final scrimmage, as freshman early enrollee quarterback Jarren Williams excelled again. Canes redshirt freshmen N'Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon are still battling, and Malik Rosier had another strong day.
The University of Miami will wrap up spring football on Saturday with a scrimmage for nearly 300 former players. UM coach Mark Richt will be focusing on the young Hurricanes, including the quarterbacks, during the competition.
Zach Johnson, who starred at Miami Norland High, is transferring from Florida Gulf Coast University to the University of Miami for his final year of eligibility. He is the third transfer signed by UM this month.
The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday inducted its 2018 class: Frank Gore, Devin Hester, Larry Coker, Chanivia Broussard, Dominique Darden, John Salmons, Tina Miller and Britney Butcher. Yonder Alonso was inducted in February.
Heading into the final scrimmage on Saturday, the University of Miami defense has been strong this spring, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said. It will need to be, as teams such as North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Florida State target the Canes in 2018.
Eight of nine former UM Hurricanes will be honored Thursday at Jungle Island in the 50th University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony. One of them, baseball great Yonder Alonso, already was inducted in February.
NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay of ESPN projected Miami Hurricanes defensive tackle RJ McIntosh as a third-round pick next week and UM end Chad Thomas as a fourth-round pick. He said receiver and punt returner Braxton Berrios will go in the fourth or fifth round.
Highlight tapes can be misleading, but Larry Hodges, by the sheer number of big-time plays he makes on video, looks to be the real deal. Assuming he follows through on his commitment to the University of Miami, Hodges has a chance to be a thrilling talent.
Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt made it clear Tuesday, four days before the final spring practice, that quarterback Malik Rosier, who also spoke to the media, is a strong leader in the QB race. N'Kosi Perry still hasn't caught up, and Jarren Williams is learning the offense.