Stats report from Miami Hurricanes’ third and final scrimmage of 2017

Malik Rosier (12) throws during an Aug. 2017 practice as Evan Shirreffs (16) waits his turn. (AP)

Malik Rosier (12) ran through his first scrimmage as Hurricanes starting QB. (Miami Herald)

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CORAL GABLES — Miami conducted its third and final scrimmage of camp on Thursday. Afterward, Mark Richt read through his trademark “unofficial, official” stats report.

UM’s first-stringers ran a one-half game simulation against a scout team mimicking Bethune-Cookman. The defense did not tackle to the ground (that’s called “thud,” meaning contact stops the play rather than a tackle). The scout team was spotted 24 points. The first-stringers wound up winning 33-24, the defense allowing zero points.

The standouts for “Miami”:

PASSING

Malik Rosier was 18-of-32 for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He took every snap.  Rosier also had four carries for seven yards.

“He did well,” Richt said.  “He missed a couple.  We dropped a couple. We had a few batted down.”

The offense was “hot and cold,” Richt said, noting that  part of it owed to a “torrential downpour” at the start of practice.

RUSHING 

Mark Walton carried seven times for 60 yards and two touchdowns, looking recovered from last week’s bruised hip.

“We had a few runs Mark would have broke,” Richt said. “Our running game would have been much stronger in my opinion if we had tackled, because Mark tends to break tackles, especially somebody trying to grab him with one arm.”

RECEIVING

Jeff Thomas “played a good bit,” Richt said, and had six catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. UM took him out to protect his balky hamstring. Thomas’ yardage came from “hitting him on the move in space,” Richt said, rather than making defenders miss. However, Thomas’ talent was apparent, despite his youth. “You could see his talent, but you could see he’s not sure of what to do,” Richt said.  “There’s a route or two he probably didn’t take the proper angle.  If he takes a better angle, we may score.”

Braxton Berrios (groin strain) and Ahmmon Richards (hamstring) did not play. Richt said Richards is “questionable for game one, in my opinion.” That makes sense; UM doesn’t need Richards to beat Bethune.

Two big receivers made an impact: Lawrence Cager had three catches for 30 yards and  a touchdown. Improving redshirt junior Darrell Langham caught three balls for 29 yards.

Tight end Chris Herndon (two catches, six yards) and receiver Mike Harley (one catch, 17 yards) also caught balls.

DEFENSE

Defensive tackle Kendrick Norton (ankle) did not play.

Defensive tackle Anthony Moten: four tackles, three for loss, one sack.

Cornerback Michael Jackson had three tackles, an interception and two pass break-ups.

Defensive ends Joe Jackson and Trent Harris had two tackles and a sack each. End Chad Thomas and tackle RJ McIntosh had sacks.

Safety Robert Knowles and cornerback Malek Young had interceptions.

Linebacker Zach McCloud blocked a punt.

SCOUT TEAM STANDOUTS

Not a standout performance against UM’s first-string defense, but worth noting: quarterback N’Kosi Perry was 6-for-16, 57 yards, two picks. Cade Weldon (3-for-8,  15 yards, interception) and walk-on Augie DiBiase (1-for-3, six yards) had a tough run.

Running back Robert Burns, seeing his first taste of action, carried three times for 12 yards. “Looked like he was sticking it in there pretty good,” Richt said. Crispian Atkins (four carries,  five yards) and Trayone Gray (three carries) played. Gray lost four yards on his carries. Not a great sign for him.

Tight end Malik Curry (two catches, 20 yards) and receiver Marshall Few (two catches, 17 yards) played well for the scouts, as did freshman tight end Brian Polendey (two catches, 14 yards).

Miami’s reserve defensive line made plays. “The D-line must have batted down three or four balls,” Richt said.  “We put pretty good pressure on the quarterback.”

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