University of Miami

UM injury updates, next week’s scrimmage and a new scholarship player

University of Miami football coach Mark Richt kindly answered what we wanted to know before we really even brought it up after fall camp practice No. 4 on Friday.

***All-American receiver Ahmmon Richards, who broke former Canes star and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin’s freshman UM record with 934 receiving yards on 49 catches last season, landed on his head after catching a pass during Thursday’s practice. But he does not have a concussion, Richt said.

Richards did not practice Friday for precautionary reasons, instead riding a conditioning bike on the sideline.

“Ahmmon, when he caught a ball, he landed and his head hit,’’ Richt said. “And by all of our tests, and I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but our test did not have him as a concussion. But as a precaution we just held him today. Obviously all the concussion protocol would be used in this case, but I think we’re already past that. from what I’m being told there’s no concussion.”

***All-American linebacker Michael Pinckney, who had 61 tackle, 2.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks last season, “is getting over a little bit of a strain of a hamstring,’’ Richt said.

Pinckney, for the second day in a row, was sidelined during our media viewing. He sat next to Richards on a conditioning bicycle and just pedaled with his right leg.

University of Miami football coach Mark Richt talks to the media on Aug. 4, 2017.

***Tight end Michael Irvin II, the sophomore son of the aforementioned Michael Irvin, “had a little bit of dehydration that he’s doing well with, but not well enough to go today,’’ Richt said. “He should be back very soon, if not [Saturday].”

Irvin, listed as 6-3 and 248, had to sit out the last half of the first day of practice on Tuesday. Friday was the first day he missed completely.

***The Canes will scrimmage for the first time on Saturday, Aug. 12, Richt said. The scrimmage is closed to the public. The coach is wrestling with whether to make it live contact so that he can evaluate the quarterbacks and people at other positions. “If I think I need to do it to learn more about all these guys and their ability to make a play with their feet, or maybe get hit and get back up, we’ll probably let them play.’’ If you recall, former UM quarterback Jack Allison got hurt at the first live spring scrimmage (and so did Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill in Miami’s live play Thursday). Allison is now at West Virginia.

***Redshirt junior receiver Malik Mayweather, out of Olive Branch, Mississippi, and East Mississippi Community College, has been put on athletic scholarship, Richt said. “He has been a tremendous student. He has been a tremendous player. He’s targeted to graduate at the end of December. We’re going to put him on aid between now and when he graduates. It’s good news for him and his family.’’

Receivers Coach Ron Dugans talks to the media about receivers on the fourth day of University of Miami football camp at Greentree Field on Friday, August 4, 2017.

Mayweather has played in one game as a Cane: the 2016 opener.

***When asked about redshirt junior quarterback Malik Rosier, Richt said, “I don’t know if he’s throwing any differently, as far as the spin on the ball or zip on the ball and all that. He has been making excellent decisions and he’s throwing the ball very accurately, I’ll say that. He has had a very good camp to this point.’’

Here’s the news from this morning’s blog post.

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