CORAL GABLES — A week after its private scrimmage on campus, the Hurricanes will hold their first open scrimmage of the year in West Palm Beach on Saturday.
UM will play at Oxbridge Academy‘s 1,500-seat William H. Pitt Stadium beginning at 2 p.m. Gates will open at 12:30. There is no cost to attend.
It is Miami’s first game in Palm Beach County since a 2011 scrimmage at Spanish River in Boca Raton. It is the first time in two years UM has invited the public to watch a scrimmage other than a spring game.
“A big part of this thing is recruiting,” said coach Mark Richt, a Boca Raton High alum. “We know the tri-county area is chock-full of great players and everybody’s within striking distance of our campus. So we thought let’s get a scrimmage here in Dade, which was this past week, and get one in Broward, which is the spring game, and we’ll do one in Palm Beach this weekend. Thought we’d just go ahead and do one in each of the three counties. I don’t do that very often, have an open scrimmage other than the spring game. I think it’ll be fun for everybody.”
Other than Richt, Hurricanes from Palm Beach County include junior left guard Kc McDermott (Palm Beach Central High), sophomore linebacker Charles Perry (Royal Palm Beach), redshirt freshman wide receiver Darrell Langham and true freshman linebacker Zach McCloud (Santaluces) and senior fullback Gage Batten (Dwyer).
“It means a lot” to come home, said McDermott, who started the final eight games of 2015 and is a first-stringer this spring. “Definitely will have a lot of people coming out for that game. It’s right down the street from my high school, so I’m sure a lot of people will know about it and they’ll be there, some former teachers and coaching staff, definitely. I can’t wait to get up there and see the fan base that shows up.”
Quarterback Brad Kaaya said it “should be cool. It’s awesome to get up to West Palm Beach. We don’t get to go up there too often, and I know we have a large fan base out there that supports us.”
The spring game is 2 p.m. April 16 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. That is also free and open to the public.