Mark Richt still deciding whether to let Miami Hurricanes QBs take scrimmage hits

N’Kosi Perry (5) and Evan Shirreffs (16) run drills as the University of Miami opens fall football camp at Greentree Field on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)

CORAL GABLES — An injury to a quarterback in a full-contact scrimmage makes any coach queasy. Perhaps Mark Richt‘s mind was flooded with thoughts of Jack Allison when he heard about what happened to Ryan Tannehill.

Either way, he’s unsure whether he wants to let his Hurricanes quarterbacks endure the full brunt of what offensive coordinator Thomas Brown reverently referred to as “a Manny Diaz defense.”

UM will conduct its first scrimmage of camp next Saturday, and if Richt has seen all the scrambling he needs to see, he may opt to protect the four men battling for the starting job quarterback job.

“I don’t know what I’ll do yet,” he said after Friday’s practice. “I just have to figure it out. If I think I need to do it to learn more about all these guys, and their ability to make a play with their feet, or maybe get hit and get back up, we’ll probably let them play.”

Until then, Richt will hold back a little.

NCAA rules allow Miami to run a full-contact practice Saturday, the fifth day of camp. But the Hurricanes won’t go full-bore. “We’re not going to tackle to the ground,” Richt said. “We’re going to continue to ‘thud,'” he said, slapping his palms together for emphasis, “until the first scrimmage.”

One reason for that: UM is still installing its plays at a slower pace, which could help potential freshman contributors like quarterback N’Kosi Perry, wide receivers Jeff Thomas and Mike Harley and all others who did not participate in spring drills. Richt said he is essentially taking double the time he otherwise might.

That, Richt said, has contributed to a lengthier evaluation process for his quarterbacks. Asked how long it typically takes to determine who should be the starter, he said it’s “hard to say who’s doing what” at this point in camp, and went into detail about the install.

“It’s almost 10 practices before we get most everything in, maybe 12 practices,” Richt said. “I think it’s helping everybody – even the veterans. If you go at breakneck speed. … we used to do ‘Install 1’ in the morning and ‘Install 2’ in the afternoon. ‘3’, ‘4’, ‘5’ – I’m talking back in the two-a-day days, within five days, we’d have everything installed. We’d have 10 different installs, including short yardage, goal line, red zone. It was crazy how fast we used to go. It was crazy.

“Part of this tempo I think has been helpful. The other thing is, when you install pass concepts, you really have to do that in 7-on-7 time. When we installed first, we had one skeleton or 7-on-7 early in the practice and one later in the practice, to get it all planned. Now that we’ve split it in half, I only have to do one 7-on-7 a day instead of two a day, which is helping these guys on the volume of routes they’re running, and the [defensive backs] chasing them. I think it was a real smart thing that we did there. I’d like to say it was my idea, but it was a good idea.”

* Asked specifically about Malik Rosier‘s improved throwing — which we noted in the Friday morning practice report — Richt was complimentary.

“I don’t know if he’s throwing any differently, as far as the spin on the ball or zip on the ball and all that,” Richt said.  “He has been making excellent decisions and he’s throwing the ball very accurately, I’ll say that. He has had a very good camp to this point.”

* Like everyone who pays attention to football in South Florida, Richt noticed Tannehill’s injury.

“The only thing I would say is, I think everybody understands football is a physical game,” Richt said. “It’s a game of attrition and things happen. I think if something like this happened the week of a game, compared to right now, it would be more of a thing to manage in everybody’s mind, psychologically. I don’t know what the result is going to be, but my guess is they’ll have time to get used to what’s going to be normal. I think that would help.”

 

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CANES CAMP 2017

Day 4
Video: Dugans excited by freshmen
Porter’s video recap, live chat
Richt unsure about QBs being hit
Richards, Pinckney, Irvin injury updates
Practice notes: AAs, QBs and TEs (and photos)

Day 3
QBs still need to face the heat
Young Homer, Thomas turning heads
Practice notes: Newcomers in the return game
Miami ranked 18th in the coaches’ poll

Day 2
Porter’s video recap, live chat
Diaz goes in-depth on 2017 defense
Video: Miami D has reason to be confident
Practice notes and thoughts

Day 1
Porter’s video recap, live chat
Perry ‘a passer, not just a thrower’

Injury updates: Burns could miss opener
Video: Perry runs through first drills
Day 1 practice notes: Perry batting third
Photos, videos: Practice footage, field under construction 
10 big storylines, how to follow camp

In-depth position previews
QB | RB | WR | TE | OL
DL | LB | DB | ST

Offseason features, news
A sit-down with Richt, Parts I-IV
Miami gearing up for QB battle
Perry learning, adjusting, impressing
UM’s offense will depend on Walton
Quarterman leading Miami’s defense
LBs motivated by UM’s ‘ghosts of greatness’
Richards hoping to be All-American
Berrios tired of hype
‘The Playmaker’ high on Richards
Winston: Perry’s going to be ‘really good’
Cager angling for a comeback
Richt on swag | Says ‘The U is back’
Richt has really strong sandwich takes
Willis takes leave | Gone: Mayes | Odogwu | Haskins

Depth analysis
Strongest areas | Weakest areas | Scholarship count

Recruiting
Meet the 2017 signing class
2018 UM commits at The Opening
Lorenzo Lingard interview
Recent ’18 commits: Blades | Campbell | Baxa
Links to latest Miami recruiting stories

Other fun stuff
CanesFest set for Aug. 12
Analyzing the 2017 schedule
The Guide to Watching Miami Football
A visual history of Miami football stadiums
Exclusive look at UM’s new alternate jerseys
UM jersey numbers have meaning
The Glossary of Canes player nicknames
Thomas produces music for DJ Khaled
Fun facts from the 2017 media guide
Projecting Miami’s 2018 draft class
Miami’s over-under: 9 wins
UM picked to win the Coastal
Porter’s preseason All-ACC ballot, predictions

 

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