What we saw at a brutally hot Hurricanes practice Friday morning, during the 15 minutes reporters are permitted to watch:
A new player at practice: freshman wideout Dionte Mullins. The last player in Miami’s 2016 signing class to enroll, Mullins wore No. 84, a helmet and shorts. He cannot fully participate in practice until his fifth day. See grainy video of Mullins standing around here.
Miami needs him to boost its banged-up wide receiver unit. Ahmmon Richards (turf toe) was not spotted during the media viewing period and may have been receiving treatment.
If practice reps are any indication, Hurricanes’ backup quarterback race has been narrowed to two. Redshirt sophomores Malik Rosier and Vincent Testaverde were second and third in line during quarterback drills, usually an indication of a player’s status on the depth chart.
After Thursday’s practice, Richt told reporters he would soon inform his two candidates they would be competing for the honor of backing up standout starter Brad Kaaya. Richt is likely to reveal his choices when he addresses the media late Friday morning.
While none of the backup quarterbacks have truly distinguished themselves, a team source told The Post that Testaverde, the son of the former Heisman winner, commits fewer mental mistakes than Evan Shirreffs, another contender for the backup role. Testaverde (who played one game in 2014 for Texas Tech) and Rosier are also the only two with game experience. UM would prefer to redshirt Jack Allison.
Most fans, according to this unscientific poll I posted on Twitter on Thursday evening, seemed to count out Testaverde.
Injury updates: Freshman linebacker Michael Pinckney, limited by a hamstring injury, ran conditioning sprints along with defensive end Scott Patchan (knee). Running back Trayone Gray (torn left ACL, out for 2016) was hard at work, using his good leg and arms to pedal an exercise bike. Also riding bikes during the media viewing: fullback Gage Batten (foot) and defensive lineman Tyreic Martin (knee).