University of Miami

UM football scrimmaged Saturday night at Tropical Park. Here are the details

University of Miami football coach Mark Richt talks coaching and the upcoming season with the media during Media Day at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center on Monday, August 13, 2018.
University of Miami football coach Mark Richt talks coaching and the upcoming season with the media during Media Day at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center on Monday, August 13, 2018. MIAMI HERALD

A day after practicing in the Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility for the first time in school history, the Miami Hurricanes had their second fall scrimmage Saturday night at Tropical Park in Miami-Dade County.

The scrimmage was closed, as was the first one last weekend at Hard Rock Stadium. Last week, coach Mark Richt spoke to the media at the stadium after the scrimmage, but Saturday’s recap was provided to reporters by Richt in a brief written release.

Here are Richt’s comments:

On the second scrimmage of fall camp…

“A lot of touchdowns and a lot of interceptions. Big plays on both sides of the ball. It was kind of a big-play night. We ran the ball really well offensively, especially our number one group. I thought our offensive line played great with the ‘one’ unit [first string]. The ‘two’ unit had their moments, but not many. Number one defense pretty much dominated the day when they were in there, which is about what you would expect. Both sides of the ball, the number one groups did great. I’d say the ‘threes’ were about a wash. A lot of really great throws or a few bad judgment throws, with some of the younger guys. The balls were flying around tonight and somebody was catching it on either side of the ball. Overall, I was pleased with our camp. I think our coaches did a great job, I think our players did a great job.”

On what the staff wants to accomplish next week, before season opener preparation week begins for LSU…

Wednesday is scheduled to be a ‘practice game’-type scrimmage. We’ll work on transitioning from scrimmage downs to kicking downs. We just haven’t done that, we’ve done it separately. Now, on Wednesday, we’re going to do it as it would happen in a game for the first time. We need that practice as much as the practice of the actual punts, the actual punt returns, kickoff and kickoff returns. We had a lot of field goal and extra point all camp. I’ll say this – the kids did a great job kicking the ball all camp. I’m really proud of the job of the snapping, the holding and the kicking tonight.”

The Canes (10-3 in 2017) open their season against LSU (9-4 in 2017) in the AdvoCare Classic on Sept. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

University of Miami offensive coordinator Thomas Brown speaks after the team's practice at Greentree Fields in Coral Gables, Fla. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

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