Mark Richt happy with progress at UM preseason camp
University of Miami coach Mark Richt promised — and delivered.
The Miami coach said after Wednesday night's scrimmage that he didn't immediately have stats and he would release them at another time.
Saturday was that day.
Here are some of the highlights:
PASSING: Kaaya, 21 of 34 for 395 yards, 4 TDs and one interception.
Backups: Malik Rosier was 3 of 7 for 19 yards and 1 TD; Vincent Testaverde was 4 of 8 for 42 yards; Evan Shirreffs was 2 of 3 for 4 yards; Jack Allison was 0 of 6 with interception.
RUSHING: Mark Walton, 8 for 39 (4.9 average); Joe Yearby, 2 for 20 (10 average); Gus Edwards. 15 for 57 (3.8); Travis Homer, 6 for 50 (8.3). Rosier, 2 rushes for 22 yards; Testaverde, 1 for 6. Shirreffs, 3 for 22.
RECEIVING: Stacy Coley, 5 catches for 125 yards, 2 TD; Braxton Berrios, 3 for 87 and TD called back; Dayall Harris, 5 for 79, 2 TD (1 called back); Sam Bruce, 2 for 18; Darrell Langham, 2 for 17.
TACKLES: Gerald Willis, 5; Jermaine Grace, 5; Michael Jackson, 5; R.J. McIntosh, 4; Romeo Finley, 4; Shaq Quarterman, 3; Jaquan Johnson, 3; Al-Quadin Muhammad: 2.
SACKS: Willis, 2; Grace, Demetrius Jackson and Quan Johnson: 1 apiece.
BREAKUPS: Adrian Colbert and Malek Young led the team with two apiece.
On defense, second-team tackle Gerald Willis, a Florida transfer who is eligible to play this season and was going against the first teamers (and second-teamers when he subbed in with the first team in passing situations, per CanesInsight) during the scrimmage, was a definite standout.
On offense, the Brad Kaaya connection with Coley, Berrios and Harris is key this season. Canes fans should be meditating to a "Stay-Healthy-Brad" mantra repeatedly this season.
▪ RB Trayone Gray, who tore his ACL last week, will undergo surgery on his knee Monday.
▪ WR Ahmmon Richards, the talented freshman who has turf toe, was out of practice to take care of a personal issue and will be back Monday, Richt said.
▪ Weak-side linebacker Michael Pinckney (hamstring) was working out on the sideline "but is not quite ready'' yet, Richt said. "If he was a true freshman without spring ball, I doubt we'd be thinking a whole lot about trying to get him ready. But he showed enough in the spring that we think he can play at this level. He's a pretty sharp kid. We just have to get him healthy.''
▪ Safeties coach Ephraim Banda named three safeties who are working in nickel and dime packages: Rayshawn Jenkins, Jaquan Johnson and Jamal Carter. Cornerback Corn Elder also works nickel.
▪ Elder said returners for punts and/or kicks include himself, Coley, Malcolm Lewis, Berrios, Bruce and Richards. "We're just working on catching punts and catching kicks,'' Elder said.
▪ The Canes have off Sunday. Saturday was considered the last day of preseason camp, as school begins Monday and next week the Hurricane first-teamers will start working against the scout team.