What Mark Richt, players said after Miami Hurricanes’ 2018 spring game

Malik Rosier drops back to pass during UM’s spring scrimmage. (Miami Herald)

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MIAMI GARDENS — A selection of quotes from Saturday’s spring game, as transcribed by UM:

Mark Richt on Malik Rosier’s performance as starting quarterback:

“If you understood the format, the team that Malik was on most of the time was the one offense versus the one defense and they didn’t get much going. They had a couple plays here and there, had a couple of well-executed plays. Malik really didn’t get much of a shot to really stand back in there and sight some things up and make some throws. He did pretty well with what he had. He was 9 for 14. His numbers were fine and I can’t think of many balls that were kind of thrown up for grabs.”

Richt on the starting defense:

“They were stout up front. The offense couldn’t really get much run going, couldn’t consistently form a good pocket. They tackled well. I couldn’t really see any missed tackles at all, which is a great sign.”

Richt on the second-string offense, quarterbacked by N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams:

“They had some good moments, scored some points, had a little excitement here and there and with N’kosi getting some of those and of course Jarren getting some of those. They did a nice job. It’s good to see. They have the skill set that they need to compete at this level and they just have to keep learning and knowing what to do and they’ll continue to push Malik . My guess is if either one of those guys were with the No. 1 units, they’d have a hard night too, so we’ll have to take that into consideration when we’re grading film and things like that.”

Richt on the offensive line’s performance:

“Our edge pressures, not necessarily blitzes, but our edge players so far this spring have been a little too much for our tackles right now. If I were to play a game against us, I’d be using tight ends and backs to chip and help. We don’t do a lot of that in the spring because we want our guys to learn to protect without the help. But against guys like that, you have to chip a little bit. I started to do that toward the end when I got tired of not being able to step up and throw it.”

Richt on defensive standouts:

“Shaq Quarterman stands out and (Michael) Pinckney stands out. Gerald Willis all spring has been really good. Mike Jackson has been playing great. Jaquan Johnson hasn’t been playing a lot because of a class he has for graduation, but when he shows up, his attitude is great. Our corners are what you’re looking for. Just about every one of them are tall, they’re strong, athletic and they have ball skills. Then you have Trajan Bandy, who’s not quite as tall as everybody else, but he can jump out of the gym and is probably one of the fiercest competitors we’ve got. Our experiment with the striker position has been a really good one.”

Quarterman on young defenders:

“We have a (lot of) young guys, and this was their first time being at Hard Rock, getting some experience and a little bit of adversity from having the fans having some extra eyes on them. A lot of guys played, like Gilbert (Frierson), Greg (Rousseau) the DE, just really flying around. I think as a defense we did pretty well today, but we have a long way to go.

“The only thing I told them was to do what got them here. They wouldn’t be at Miami if they couldn’t ball, so I just told them to go out there and play your game. That’s the only thing I told them. Don’t focus on the crowd, don’t focus on your mom and your dad up there, just focus on being the player you can be today, and I think they really did that.”

Quarterman, asked how much more the defense has to grow before the first game (Sept. 2 against LSU):

“I think we have a lot of room to grow. We have a lot of shoes to fill. We have a lot of guys who still aren’t here yet who need to get used to the playbook and college football and the competition that comes with it. I think we have a long way to go, but we’re going to get there without a doubt.”

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