When looking for bright spots, there aren't a lot of places to turn this spring for the Miami Hurricanes but the one consistent fixture on offense is sophomore wide out Rashawn Scott. Scott has become a favorite target of quarterback Ryan Williams and the two are hooking up for a good spring. Tonight at Bishiop Verot High in Ft. Myers, Fla. the Hurricanes took their talents to a west coast Florida crowd that numbered in the thousands. Fans lined the sidelines with pure joy as the Canes walked off the field shaking hands.
But the night belonged to Scott, who had another strong performance.
"I feel like I could have had a better game but I have to keep working. I've got a lot to work on before the season starts." Scott led the team in receptions with six and scored on a 7-yard pass play. It's clear that he and Williams are in sync.
"After practice we'll throw, run a couple of routes. Stuff like that, chemistry."
The Hurricanes aren't super exciting to watch choosing to focus on short yardage passing that coach Jedd Fisch is hoping to develop as a strength of this team.
As for the head coach, Al Golden walked away with good impressions from his defense from today's scrimmage and the intensity they brought to the practice game.
"We haven't been that physical at defensive line and at linebacker in a while. I thought we were running around and hitting."
The Canes got a great day from Denzel Perryman, the sophomore linebacker who broke out last season. He intercepted two passes, one in the endzone and another Gray Crow pass that was poorly under thrown. Perryman took that pass back at least 40 yards for a nice return on the play.
Other defensive standouts were newcomer Ladarius Gunter who also had an interception and cornerback Thomas Finnie who led the team in tackles. Anthony Chickillo looked fine in his return after sitting out the first scrimmage, he had three sacks on the night.
Offensively, Williams didn't quite have the timing he had during last week's scrimmage and "wasn't as sharp," according to Golden. "I thought the D Line and the pressure had a lot to do with that." Freshman quarterback Preston Dewey had a much better day throwing balls with more confidence and getting the team in and out of the huddle efficiently.
Overall, for the coaching staff today's scrimmage was another opportunity to get film on their team and they'll begin next week with their second to last week of practice of the spring. The Hurricanes won't scrimmage next Saturday, but will prepare for April 14th's spring game at Sun Life Stadium in two weeks.
Ryan Williams 17 -33 for 177 yards 2 TDs 2 INTs
Preston Dewey 9-14 for 71 yards
Gray Crow 11-18 for 64 yard 1 INT
Mike James 15 for 56 yards (goal line TD)
Eduardo Clements 14 for 17 yards
Dallas Crawford 3 for 14 yards
Darrius Hughes 7 for 21 yards
Ryan Williams 4 for -26 yards
Preston Dewey 4 for -15
Gray Crow 1 for -8
Rashawn Scott 6 rec 75 yards 1 TD (7 yard TD)
Garrett Kidd 4 rec 49 yards
Eduardo Clements 4 rec 23 yards
Kendal Thompkins 3 rec 27 1 TD (13 yard TD)
Dallas Crawford 3 rec 6 yards
Clive Walford 2 rec 36 yards
Davon Johnson 2 rec 20 yards
Anthony Chickillo (3)
Dewayne Hoilett (2)
Denzel Perryman (1)
Thomas Finnie 7 Tackles
Gionni Paul 6.5 Tackles
Ladarius Gunter 5.5 Tackles 1 INT
Raphel Kirby 4.5 Tackles
Anthony Chickillo 3 Tackles
Denzel Perryman 2 Tackles 2 INTS