University of Miami

Miami Hurricanes begin spring football at 9 a.m. Saturday

Get out the sunscreen and pack up the kids (and some bottles of cold water). University of Miami spring football begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Greentree Field, and everyone is invited to get a glimpse of the 2014 Hurricanes.

Twelve of the Hurricanes’ 15 practices will be open to the public, including the first four sessions going into spring break:Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday – all at 9 a.m. on campus.

The only ones that will be closed: March 28, March 29 and April 4.

The March 29 and April 4 practices are both scrimmages.

Spring football ends with the spring game at 6 p.m. April 12 at Sun Life Stadium.

The Hurricanes finished 9-4 in 2013, winning their first seven, losing three in a row to Florida State, Virginia Tech and Duke, then beating Virginia and Pittsburgh – only to get dominated by Louisville 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The Canes open 2014 against Louisville on Labor Day night – Monday, Sept. 1.

The Hurricanes will be looking to name a new starting quarterback, with veteran fifth-year senior Ryan Williams the early favorite to get the job. Redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen, who was suspended for the bowl game for violating team rules, is being counted on to push Williams. Gray Crow, a sophomore from Clearwater, also is competing.

Miami will be without the services of running back Duke Johnson, who continues to rehabilitate after breaking his ankle at Florida State. Early enrollee Joseph Yearby, one of the top-rated incoming running backs in the nation out of Miami Central, is also sitting out this spring. Yearby is recuperating from a fractured fibula on his left leg, sustained in a game Nov. 30.

Missing the start of spring football will be receiver Phillip Dorsett and cornerback Artie Burns, now competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field Championships at Clemson.

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