This soon-to-be inducted College Football Hall of Famer, the well-loved former Miami Hurricane Edward Reed, visited football practice Tuesday morning and shared a bit of what he saw during Saturday’s first spring scrimmage.
“The guys looked crisp,’’ Reed, a consensus first-team All-American safety in 2000 and 2001, told the Miami Herald of the scrimmage. “There weren’t a lot of mistakes.
“We’re getting better. That’s what it’s about. This is the time right now where you’re getting better, preparing for your offseason, seeing what you need to work on going forward.’’
Being a safety, Reed not only had his eye on the secondary, but on the quarterbacks.
“He didn’t look bad,’’ Reed said of last year’s starter, soon-to-be redshirt senior Malik Rosier. “He was making solid decisions, and if it wasn’t there he’d tuck it and go, which is smart.
“Like I said, this is the time when you figure out your limits. It doesn’t count toward your stats or anything, so take some chances.’’
Reed said he didn’t get to see N’Kosi Perry as much, but he did take note of freshman early enrollee Jarren Williams. He seemed excited about Williams.
“I mean, he’s huge,’’ Reed said of Williams, listed as 6-2 and 206 pounds out of Central Gwinnett High in Lawrenceville, Georgia. “That kid is huge. How great is that those kids can come in early and start to develop and get some work in a lot sooner, which is awesome. I wish I was able to do that.’’
When asked about the defensive backs, Reed mentioned redshirt junior safety Robert Knowles and early enrollee cornerback Gilbert Frierson.
Knowles, 6-1 and 198 pounds, played in 12 games last season, making 18 tackles and forcing one fumble.
Reed said the Canes defensive backs looked good but “needed to take better angles’’ in the scrimmage. “We left some plays out there. I think the sun was in those guys’ eyes. My man who was wearing my No. 20, he had like two picks he could have had -- just bad angles. You’ve got to take advantage of those opportunities when they come -- turnovers!”
Reed said he really liked Frierson’s physique. “I really like his size and length,’’ he said of the freshman, who had four tackles, a tackle for loss and interception with a 15-yard return at the scrimmage.
Frierson, 6-1 and 186 out of Coral Gables High, has been lauded early on by coaches. He is Frank Gore’s 6-1, 186-pound cousin and told UM broadcaster Joe Zagacki in February: “It’s great knowing my family is behind me, my neighborhood is behind me, my school is behind me. It’s major.
“Growing up watching my cousin Frank Gore play here, that motivated me.”
Frierson, rated four stars by every major recruiting site, also played on both sides of the ball, closed out his career, according to UM, with 38 solo tackles, four interceptions, three kickoff return touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns.
Reed can’t make the UM Spring Game, which is at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium, but he is making sure to catch as many practices as possible before that.
A native of St. Rose, Louisiana, Reed’s 21 career interceptions and 389 career interception return yards are still UM records. Reed also holds Miami’s career record with four interceptions returned for touchdowns, and his 206 interception return yards in 2001 are a single-season former Big East record.
Reed was inducted into the University of Miami Ring of Honor in 2017.
Selected in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, Reed played 11 seasons with the franchise before ending his career with the Houston Texans and New York Jets in 2013. The nine-time Pro Bowl selection led the Ravens to a championship in Super Bowl 47. Reed is a member of the Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor and the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s.