The best news from University of Miami football coach Mark Richt after the first spring scrimmage at Greentree Field on Saturday was that nobody was injured. But if you’re focused on the quarterback play, judging by Richt’s reading of what he called “unofficial official stats” after the scrimmage, it wasn’t a particularly uplifting day.
Malik Rosier and N’Kosi Perry were the main guys who intermingled with the first and second teams, but freshman Jarren Williams “did a nice job” in his two series with the second-team offense, Richt said. Quarterbacks were not allowed to be tackled.
It was a controlled scrimmage, with the first team offense going against the first team defense, and the second teams facing each other. “We only have about 40 good yards of grass,’’ Richt said. “The [first-team offense] in the first half of the day had zero points and barely a first down. Defense did a great job.
“In the second half the No. 1 O scored. The No. 2 O didn’t do as good.’’
Richt said Malik Rosier still is the quarterback leader going into the spring game at 6 p.m. next Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium.
“Malik is ahead of everybody as far as knowing what to do and how to do it,’’ Richt said. “There’s no question. ... N’Kosi is [getting] much better, and he’s getting it. ... N’Kosi has come a long way. Cade [Weldon] has come a long way. Unfortunately, Cade has got conjunctivitis and he wasn’t able to go. He’s highly contagious right now.’’
Here’s some encouraging news: Speedy sophomore receiver Jeff Thomas is the real deal, which we pretty much knew already. Today, he gained 94 yards on three catches — with two touchdowns. Fellow speedster Mike Harley also is excelling. He had two catches for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Neither Richt nor position coach Stacy Searels was very happy with the offensive line, which had to move usual center Tyler Gauthier to right tackle at times.
Here are some quick hits after Richt addressed members of the media, who were not allowed to watch the closed scrimmage. All these notes are per Richt:
▪ Rosier’s numbers “in scrimmage situations”: 8 of 17 for 109 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. Richt said Rosier went with the 1s four times.
▪ N’Kosi Perry’s numbers: 6 of 13 for 33 yards and an interception. “I think N’Kosi probably got sacked the most,’’ Richt said. “He did break out on a run for 15 or 20 yards or so.’’ Perry was with the 1s and 2s, the coach said, three times with the 1s.
▪ Jarren Williams: 6 of 8 for 86 yards and two touchdowns with the second unit. Williams also was the quarterback for third-team skeleton drills and was 5 of 8 for 71 yards — “seven-on-seven, that’s no pass rush, no linemen, just DBs and linebackers vs. receivers, tight ends and backs,’’ Richt said.
▪ Homer gained 42 yards on eight carries and a touchdown.
▪ DeeJay Dallas gained 37 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
▪ Robert Burns had four carries for 13 yards.
▪ Lorenzo Lingard had five carries but “really didn’t get any space to run’’ and had no yards.
▪ Lots of sacks today. The first-team defense dominated the first half, but the offense got better the second half.
▪ Early enrollee defensive end Gregory Rousseau had a great day, with seven tackles, five for loss and four of them sacks.
▪ Linebacker Bradley Jennings: seven tackles, two for loss, a sack and pass breakup.
▪ Linebacker Shaq Quarterman: five tackles and a breakup.
▪ Defensive end Scott Patchan, five tackles, three for loss, all of them sacks.
▪ Early enrollee cornerback Gilbert Frierson had a good day with four tackles, a tackle for loss and a pick with a 15-yard return.