CORAL GABLES — Notes from the early morning of Miami camp, Day 4:
Two former freshman All-Americans were doing conditioning drills at the start of practice. Wide receiver Ahmmon Richards joined linebacker Michael Pinckney on the stretch-and-bike circuit — which happens at the start of practice, and thus is seen by the media during our brief viewing period.
Both players were wearing full pads and helmets, and appeared ready to practice following their conditioning stints. If they do not, we’ll find out later.
Mark Richt is slated to address the media after practice.
One player who wasn’t present during the media viewing: sophomore tight end Michael Irvin II, who has missed parts of practice to handle an unknown issue. Walk-on Malik Curry was the No. 2 tight end in drills, behind Chris Herndon and in front of true freshman Brian Polendey.
Tight end depth, at this point in camp, is a little concerning.
The quarterback rotation was the same: Malik Rosier, Evan Shirreffs, N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon (with Perry and Weldon flipping spots during individual drills).
A few thoughts on the race so far:
Rosier looks to have a tighter spiral on most throws than last year. He’s always has a strong arm — and the ability to run — but his accuracy has been an issue in the past. No one’s won anything yet, but recall that he is the only quarterback on the roster who has any game experience, and the only one of legal drinking age (he turns 22 in October). If he’s going to win the starting job, after two years as Brad Kaaya‘s backup, this is his time to do it.
In our brief look at QB-to-TE rollouts, Perry missed a throw to Polendey low, rebounded with confident bullets on his next couple reps, and made an overthrow on the next. The true freshman is clearly learning college-level footwork and ball placement. He covers a lot of ground behind the line of scrimmage, though, and quickly. It’s easy to see him running the option this fall, and makes me think he’ll be a package QB at minimum.
Whether Richt winds up using him that way, of course, is another matter.
Let’s remember here that this is a 20-minute look at practice drills (and most of it stretching and warmups, and special teams. We don’t see team periods, 7-on-7 or 11-on-11. Our diet is limited; we consume close to zero calories of “real football”). Miami has three scrimmages to find out who can play when the heat is on. First scrimmage: next Saturday.
Small detail: Perry has taken to wearing a stretchy skullcap (you tell me what it’s called) to cover his short locks, underneath his helmet.
Walk-on DJ Washington continues to take reps as the first-string fullback. Robert Burns is still wearing a green (no contact) jersey.
Freshman offensive lineman Zalon’tae Hillery, who wore a boot while riding the bike yesterday, was not seen. Freshman linebacker Waynmon Steed (knee) continued to run drills off to the side before practice.
Scenes from Greentree:
CANES CAMP 2017
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
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
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