Keeping things conservative isn't really the Jedd Fisch mantra but you can't tell by the first two spring scrimmages during which the Miami Hurricanes have kept to a short passing game diet offensively.
Spring standout Rashawn Scott explained.
"We don't really call too many deep plays, everything's short right now. I don't know, maybe he wants to work on our short yardage game. That's one big thing, he wanted everything...ninety percent on our short yardage, we got in trouble last year so we just work on that a lot."
Miami's offensive coordinator says there are reasons why he's not calling more bombs this spring. Not going deep in the first two scrimmages is a mixture of personnel and scheme.
"I'd love to throw it deep, said Fisch at Tuesday's practice "but there's about three things that are happening. One, you've got to get speed on the outside that can get deep, Rashawn can get deep, so we throw it deep to him a couple of times."
The second reason is that the Hurricane defensive lead by coach Mark D'Onofrio plays a scheme that denies the deep routes forcing more underneath throws.
To that Fisch adds this.
"Then the third part is, you've got to be able to hold up in protection. And when the quarterbacks not live and when they're near the quarterback, we stop the play. So when they're near the quarterback and you're trying to throw deep, a lot of times you got to step into your throws and it just doesn't work that way in scrimmages."
But coach Fisch is encouraged about at least one of his problems, speed help is on the way this fall. That is when the bulk of his freshmen recruiting class reports for duty. And not a moment too soon because this spring has been difficult, coach Fisch admits without speed threats.
"Phillip Dorsett's our fastest player, he was out play seven. After that, I would guess Rashawn's our next fastest player and he played, after that I'm not sure."
But he likes what the future holds. "We have six guys, four of them are track athletes...really fast guys so we expect a lot of speed to enter the building, plus of course Duke Johnson. So there's a big difference in the speed between what we had last year with Lamar, Travis and Tommy and what we have this second but it will come back here by camp."
Needless to say the arrival of Johnson, Angelo Jean-Louis, Malcolm Lewis, Herb Waters, Jontavious Carter, Robert Lockhart and D'Mauri Jones will be a welcome sight on the green tree practice fields in August.