Quarterback Malik Rosier said the offense won.
Linebacker Raphael Kirby said the defense won.
They both made their points Saturday on Greentree Field in the Miami Hurricanes’ second spring scrimmage.
One week before the spring game at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, the Hurricanes’ offenses and defenses went at it with varying degrees of success.
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Kirby’s first-team defense fared far better than its second-team counterpart.
And Rosier continued to shine as he threw two touchdown passes to Malcolm Lewis and led the second-team offense to three scores on a broiler of a day in Coral Gables.
“There’s no way to win as the head coach,” Hurricanes coach Al Golden said. “It’s just a question of watching guys getting great matchups.”
Starting quarterback Brad Kaaya had an admirable effort considering he was sick with the flu all week, and still sounded kind of lousy when he spoke after the 1 hour 40 minute scrimmage.
Maybe it was all those flying flags that got him ailing. After two series the Canes had committed six penalties. After three, eight.
Kaaya nonetheless completed 12 of 19 passes for 141 yards — a 71-yard chunk going to tailback Joe Yearby on a screen play.
Rosier, who stayed behind in Coral Gables instead of traveling with the baseball team to Wake Forest, completed 5 of 10 passes for 151 yards and the scoring strikes to Lewis of 26 and 45 yards on his final two passes.
“It was just a little sloppy [Saturday],” Kaaya said. “I made a few good throws. We just had too many self-[inflicted] penalties. A few offsides, a few holdings. The first-team offense would get in there and we’d make a 30-yard run and it gets called 15 yards back. That’s tough when it’s first-and-15. Pretty much every drive, every third down it would go from third-and-1 to third-and-9 or third-and-10, or even third-and-15 — so it was hard.”
Rosier has distinct packages from Kaaya and runs an offense that is quicker-paced and takes advantage of his mobility and elusiveness. He can use his feet or hands, keeping the defense a bit unsure.
Newcomer Vincent Testaverde, a walk-on transfer from Texas Tech, took part in two series, throwing two incompletions. He had a beauty of a deep completion to D’Mauri Jones in 9-on-9 play just before the scrimmage began.
Sophomore receiver Braxton Berrios made two great plays early in the scrimmage on throws by Rosier. The first was a 56-yard screen play he managed by gracefully zig-zagging around defenders. The next was a rugged catch for 20 yards in heavy traffic. He clutched the ball as if his life depended on it, but went down on the play, injuring his ribs or midsection. He didn’t play after that, standing on the sideline with a thick wrap over his midsection.
“We’re just being real cautious right now,” Golden said.
In the running game, first-team tailback Gus Edwards had 16 carries for 85 yards. Yearby had a good day, with seven carries for 34 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown. He also had the 71-yard pass play from Kaaya, with the defense unable to outrun him.
Defensively, the Canes registered four sacks, courtesy of tackle Anthony Moten, defensive end Trent Harris, safety Deon Bush and middle linebacker Juwon Young. There were eight tackles for loss, with linebacker Darrion Owens making a team-high seven tackles.
The only turnover was a fumble by tight end Stan Dobard.
On special teams, kicker Mike Badgely kicked a 42-yard field-goal attempt just short, but on the mark. He was given another chance and kicked it wide right.
The Canes resume practice Tuesday.
▪ Jaquwan Nelson, a 6-4, 230-pound defensive end out of Fort Lauderdale High, on Saturday committed to UM’s class of 2016. He is not rated by recruiting sites rivals.com and 247sports.com.