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CORAL GABLES — Saturday notes from a busy Greentree, where UM hosted about 50 recruits and their chaperones:
* Richt said quarterbacks may not be able to be hit at all this spring.
“I might somewhere along the way,” he said. “Last spring we didn’t tackle unless we were scrimmaging. I may tackle a little here and there, maybe pull out eight plays a day when we’re allowed to tackle. … Just play ball for about eight plays, is what I think I’ll end up doing.”
* The last three Saturdays of the spring — April 7, the April 14 spring game at Hard Rock Stadium, and April 21 on Greentree — will be scrimmages, Richt said.
The spring game will be “treated like a game format,” he said. The final scrimmage will include “every situation you can dream of.”
* Despite the lack of “live” action this spring, Richt said he’ll get enough of a sense of how his quarterbacks evade the rush.
“You’ll still get that,” he said. “If Manny thinks it’s a sack, we might blow the whistle at that point, but even if it is, we still need to keep playing, break contain, let everybody learn to cover out longer or do our scramble rules as receivers. That’s valuable.”
N’Kosi Perry is the most mobile of Miami’s quarterbacks, moving quickly during the rollout drills reporters have been permitted to watch. Jarren Williams and Cade Weldon move well, too. Malik Rosier, who rushed for 468 yards and five touchdowns on 131 carries (3.57 per) last year, told the Post recently he lost 10-12 pounds and feels “faster. … I feel healthier. I feel more agile. I feel more explosive.”
“Every one of these guys is athletic enough to make plays with their feet, and run zone-read, QB draws, things of that nature,” Richt said. “They’re all capable.”
* Redshirt senior Trayone Gray is getting “most of his reps” at fullback. “He’s still a very capable tailback for us, but we wanted to see what he could do,” Richt said. “He’s big, strong, physical, and we do want to run more ’21’ than we did a year ago, ’21’ meaning two receivers, two backs — a true fullback being one of the backs — and a tight end.” Robert Burns, a redshirt freshman, is “mostly a tailback,” though he has been spotted taking some reps at fullback. Freshman Realus George (6-2, 255) is expected to compete for the starting fullback job when he enrolls post-spring.
* Richt on freshman defensive end Greg Rousseau, who is listed at 6-foot-6 (and may be taller, according to UM observers) and 225 pounds:
“He’s got the longest wingspan of anybody,” he said. “Now when you’re doing the zone-read, you’re blocking everybody but the end. He’s so long that he can step here and maybe grab a [running] back, but if the quarterback pulls and runs, he can change direction, he’s so long he can reach out and snatch the quarterback. He’s a problem. Guys that are so tall and long, that’s what we’re looking for at defensive end.”
* With many young players learning their positions and other expected special-teamers — including kicker Bubba Baxa — yet to enroll, UM is doing “mostly blocking” on special teams, Richt said. “Mostly drill work.” He confirmed sophomores Jeff Thomas and DeeJay Dallas are contending to replace Braxton Berrios as punt returner. He described therir performance as “mostly really good, but it’s not real until it’s real.”
* Reserve offensive tackle Tre Johnson has missed the first three practice sessions because of personal reasons, Richt said through a UM spokesman. Johnson, a 6-7, 305-pound redshirt sophomore, remains on the roster. Click here for more notes on UM’s depth chart from Saturday morning.
* Richt said he wanted recruits in attendance to see the under-construction indoor facility, and know that new dorms are coming in 2019. “The big thing is to watch a live practice, see how we coach, see the energy level our players bring, see how we compete,” he said. “Everyone I saw had a big smile on their face.”
* Former players who watched practice include Danny Isidora, Stacy Coley, Kc McDermott, Jamal Carter, Deon Bush, Malcolm Lewis and Chris Herndon. Miami’s Pro Day is Wednesday in Davie.
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