Here’s the most important thing you need to know about the University of Miami’s second and final scrimmage of fall camp Monday night at Greentree Field: quarterback Jake Heaps did not participate.
The Hurricanes’ depth chart after Miami’s first scrimmage last Wednesday had “BRAD KAAYA OR JAKE HEAPS’’ as the co-starting quarterbacks.
Monday’s scrimmage, closed to the media and public, was to help coaches determine a clear No. 1 — the 18-year-old true freshman Kaaya or the fifth-year graduate student Heaps.
But UM noted in an update to its original scrimmage report that “senior quarterback Jake Heaps was held out of Monday’s scrimmage to rest his arm.’’
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Miami did not address whether Heaps is injured, and if so, how badly. It seems strange that a quarterback’s arm would be rested in a competition with so much riding on it.
As for the other young fellow, he threw two touchdowns — a 3-yarder to wide receiver Stacy Coley and a 9-yard strike to fullback Walter Tucker in the end zone, UM reported.
The report also said redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen, who is expected to miss at least the opener because of suspension, threw a 9-yard touchdown to freshman Tyre Brady to complete the first-half scoring for the offense.
UM’s first game is Labor Day night at Louisville in front of an expected capacity crowd and a national television audience. If Kaaya should start, he’d be the first Canes true freshman quarterback to do so since Jacory Harris did it in 2008.
The report mentioned two interceptions Monday, one by senior outside linebacker Thurston Armbrister — “he returned it for a 40-yard touchdown.” The other was by redshirt freshman Malik Mayweather, who isn’t on the depth chart.
It’s unknown who threw each of the picks.
The defense appears to have put on some heavy pressure, with end Al-Quadin Muhammad “recording two of Miami’s seven sacks on Monday,” UM said. “Anthony Chickillo, Jermaine Grace, Ufomba Kamalu, Tyriq McCord and Darrion Owens also sacked the quarterback.”
The Canes finished with 10 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and two pass deflections. At one point, senior middle linebacker Denzel Perryman “delivered a loud and forceful hit” on running back Gus Edwards in the second half for a three-yard loss. Perryman finished with five tackles.
Offensively, Matt Goudis hit a 38-yard field goal to culminate the second series, and true freshman Joseph Yearby rushed for a team-high 71 yards, “including a game-best 33-yard run,” the report said.
The report also said 15 different Hurricanes caught a pass during the scrimmage, “with freshman Braxton Berrios leading the way with five catches for 48 yards. Seven Hurricanes had multiple catches and senior tight end Raphael Akpejiori recorded his first catch in a scrimmage.”
UM coach Al Golden said Saturday, the last day of practice before a day off Sunday, that he wanted a “fluid’’ game operation Monday, rather than the controlled situations in the first scrimmage.
“It’s a little bit harder when you just put the ball down and they’re in the moment of it,’’ Golden said, “because they’re playing and they forget where they are on the field. That’s the design of this next scrimmage: put the ball down, move the ball up and down the field and see who can recall and keep their poise.”
UM has off Tuesday before returning for a two-a-day practice session Wednesday.