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Quarterback competition highlights first University of Miami scrimmage

The Hurricanes had their first scrimmage of fall camp Wednesday at Greentree Field, and by the sound of the report released by the University of Miami, this much is clear:









The Canes closed the controlled scrimmage (goal-line situations followed by 12 series, per UM) to the media and public but released a report with several details. Full final statistics were not revealed.

UM reported that six quarterbacks took snaps in the scrimmage, four of them —Heaps, Kaaya, redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen and true freshman Malik Rosier — scholarship players.

Ryan Williams, the fifth-year senior still rehabilitating from reconstructive knee surgery, was not mentioned. And Olsen and Rosier only were mentioned in the context of taking snaps.

“Heaps used many different weapons to get the Canes moving, completing five passes to five different receivers,’’ the report stated. “Kaaya had several impressive throws, including an 18-yard completion to Stacy Coley and a 27-yard strike to Clive Walford.’’

Kaaya was also mentioned for throwing a touchdown to running back Walter Tucker during goal-line drills.

UM coach Al Golden previously said the quarterback race will be streamlined to two front-runners after Wednesday’s scrimmage, and a starter will emerge after Monday’s second scrimmage.

The report lauded the defense, saying it was “particularly good on third down.’’

Crawford, a 5-10, 195-pound junior from Fort Myers, had five tackles and forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive end Tyriq McCord. Crawford also intercepted a pass and “and took it 50 yards for a touchdown to end Wednesday’s action,’’ said the report.

Junior cornerback Ladarius Gunter had another pick.

The report did not reveal who threw the interceptions.

Perryman, a Butkus Award candidate who had 108 tackles last season, led the Canes with nine tackles. He had three tackles for loss, UM said, “including a huge hit’’ on freshman tailback Joseph Yearby.

Yearby, 5-9 and 192 pounds from Miami Central, broke the fibula on his left leg Nov. 30 and is getting back to full form.

Yearby’s UM mentor, Johnson, “juked past two defenders on a 21-yard run to get a first down,’’ the report noted, then, on the next play, “went untouched for 54 yards into the end zone for a touchdown.

“Johnson also was a threat in the passing game, taking his lone reception of the afternoon for a scrimmage-best 30 yards.’’

Among the other scrimmage details provided by UM:









Camp continues Thursday morning for the first of a two-a-day session.

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