Inside look: Watch Miami Hurricanes defensive linemen on Wednesday, FAMU week

Your daily look at Hurricanes practice: watch a Trent Harris-less defensive line get after it.

(Note that No. 96 is Gerald Willis and No. 90 is Pat Bethel. Both are wearing scout-team jerseys.)

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[Hurricanes fired up about Hard Rock Stadium]

[Dismissed LB Grace retains new attorney]

[Source: WR Coley all clear for 2016]

[Kaaya, teammates still believe in UM defense]

Demetrius Jackson. (Matt Porter)
Demetrius Jackson. (Matt Porter)

Inside look: Watch Miami Hurricanes tackling drill at Tuesday practice, Florida A&M week

Chad Thomas (Matt Porter)
Chad Thomas (Matt Porter)

Get up close at Miami Hurricanes practice with this clip from Tuesday’s workout.

Defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs run through one stage of a three-part tackling drill in this drill.

[Even before HS, Shaq Quarterman was a ‘beast’]

[Miami enters 2016 starting three freshmen at linebacker]

[Depth chart for Florida A&M]

Video: Two Miami Hurricanes players the nation needs to know about

I joined Noah Coslov to identify two Miami players that the country needs to know about. Plus, I was asked to explain “the Mark Richt difference” and give a prediction for the season.


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[LSU OT transfers to Miami Hurricanes]

[Replay Aug. 24 Facebook Live Canes chat]

[Laying out the possibilities for Miami 2016]

[One number-cruncher says UM likely to go 6-6]

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Video: Watch Miami Hurricanes linebackers at work on Aug. 15, 2016

Video of Miami’s linebacker unit working on Monday (and commentary on what you’re seeing).

[Big photo gallery from CanesFest]

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Jermaine Grace does a pushup after a drill. (Matt Porter)
Jermaine Grace does a pushup after a drill. (Matt Porter)

Brad Kaaya, Jon Richt, Mark Richt break down Miami Hurricanes backup quarterback race

[Practice observations from Day 9, D-line video]

[Watch Miami’s DL get after it on Day 9]

[Practice observations from Day 9]

[Who’s leading Canes position battles after Scrimmage 1?]

CORAL GABLES — Miami quarterbacks coach Jon Richt grades his quarterbacks every day on finite facets of the position. He scrutinizes every play. Did they mesh with the running backs on play-action? Did they carry out the ball-fake after they handed off? Did they make the right read? Did they throw to the correct side of the field? Was it a completion, a miss, a catchable ball, a drop? Are they throwing with power, with accuracy, with touch?

The standard wears No. 15 and often carries a 90 percent grade.

“I try to be perfect every day,” Brad Kaaya said. “As perfect as possible.”

He’s not always so, but he’s close enough for Richt and his father, coach Mark Richt. The Hurricanes’ starter, Jon Richt said, has “mastered” Mark Richt’s offense. That makes it all the more likely that Kaaya, who enters his junior season as both a potential first-round NFL draft pick and one of UM’s career passing leaders, could climb a lot higher in UM’s record books. Kaaya is fifth in yards (6,436) and needs 3,129 to match Ken Dorsey‘s program record. His completion percentage (59.8) is fourth. He is ninth in touchdowns (42).

The quarterbacks behind him are, well, not as accomplished.

Miami is still looking for someone to take over the backup role. Though redshirt sophomore Malik Rosier again worked as the No. 2 on Friday, the ninth day of camp, Mark Richt said not to read too far into it. He still hasn’t seen enough consistency. Richt said he wants to set a depth chart by UM’s third scrimmage of camp, which is set for Aug. 24.

Why hasn’t Rosier, the one of the backups with game experience at Miami, separated himself?

Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier throws during an Aug. 2016 practice. (Miami Herald)
Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier throws during an Aug. 2016 practice. (Miami Herald)

“Some of it is learning our system,” Jon Richt said. “Completely different feel. Completely different way to go. He’s doing a good job now of coming up. He’s got to be more consistent. That’s our big thing with him. We’re putting a lot on our quarterbacks, play-in, play-out, they’ve got to know what they’re supposed to do and what not to do.”

Rosier (6-foot-2, 215) has a strong arm and is mobile but coaches have said he tries to make plays with his feet he probably shouldn’t, rather than taking a sack or throwing away the ball.

Redshirt freshman Evan Shirreffs, Jon Richt said, is “one of the smartest guys we’ve got” and picked up the offense “faster than everybody else.” Richt said Shirreffs, a redshirt freshman, is “Steady Eddie. He’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing every play. He’s a very trustworthy guy.” Mark Richt praised his footwork.

Another thing to note: Jon Richt said the 6-foot-6 Shirreffs, a “big ol’ tall goofy dude,” is “actually our best athlete” among the quarterbacks. “He’s the most explosive, he’s the fastest. He’s the hardest worker in the weight room. That guy’s work ethic is unreal.”

Freshman Jack Allison he said, “has a great arm, a great release.” In the spring, Allison “was a high-schooler who should have been at prom. It looked like it out there. He was a little over his head. Jack did an awesome job of coming to work over the summer. … Now he looks like he should be out there.”

Though Jon Richt wasn’t asked about him Friday, Vincent Testaverde is still solidly in the mix. Like Rosier, Testaverde is smaller (6-2, 200) than Shirreffs and Allison (6-5, 200) but was a second-stringer at Texas in 2014. He played in one game, completing 15-of-26 passes for 116 yards and an interception against Texas.

Kaaya, who publicly challenged his backups last week, was asked how he sees the race.

“I’ve seen a little bit more consistency,” he said. “They’re starting to, I guess, go about their business in a better way. It seems like they’re studying more and getting some of their reads down more. Every once in a while I might see a them mess up or make a flat-out wrong decision. But it seems like they’re starting to get more consistent all across. I couldn’t tell you who’s the best out of all four or five of them, but from the group entirely I see a lot more consistency.”

Richt, the 26-year-old coach’s son who was a Buffalo Bills assistant last year, said Kaaya is “leaps and bounds above everybody else.”

“He goes out with confidence every play, knows where he’s supposed to go with the ball, and does what we ask. His footwork’s on point now. He’s doing what we want.”

Noteworthy: Mark Richt confirmed The Post’s report that tight end Stan Dobard is battling an ankle injury and that safety Robert Knowles has a hand injury. “He had something to do with his finger, it got jacked up a little bit,” Richt said. A source later clarified that Dobard has a right ankle sprain and Knowles has a right hand injury … Fullback Gage Batten‘s foot surgery “went well, but it will be a little while before he can practice.” Batten has a Lisfranc injury of his right foot.


Watch Miami Hurricanes defensive line at 2016 fall practice

[Three things to know from practice, Day 9]

Check out Miami defensive linemen sacking a tackling dummy, then moving right into a quick-feet drill. In the second drill, defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski makes them react as he moves a heavy bag.

Seen in this video: Al-Quadin Muhammad (8), Chad Thomas (9), RJ McIntosh (80), Trent Harris (33), Kendrick Norton (7), Gerald Willis (91), Anthony Moten (95), Courtel Jenkins (92), Demetrius Jackson (31), Ryan Fines (94), Joe Jackson (99), Tyreic Martin (90) and Pat Bethel (93).

Watch Miami Hurricanes running backs at 2016 camp practice

Check out Miami’s running backs at work on Day 8 of Canes camp.

Among the players you’ll see here: Mark Walton (1), Joe Yearby (2), Gus Edwards (7), Travis Homer (24), Trayone Gray (32) and fullback Marquez Williams (36).

[Updates on every position battle following UM’s first scrimmage of the fall]

Miami running back Mark Walton completes a practice drill on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (Matt Porter)
Miami running back Mark Walton completes a practice drill on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (Matt Porter)

Watch: Miami Hurricanes quarterbacks throwing, wide receivers catching

A view of Brad Kaaya and his fellow UM quarterbacks throwing to Stacy Coley (3) and his fellow wide receivers.

[Analyzing the Hurricanes’ 2016 schedule]

[Day 8 practice notes: Wright on, AQM off]

[Miami uniforms could look more old-school in 2016]

[Miami-FSU single-game tickets sold out]

Quarterback Jack Allison throws on the opening day of Hurricanes practice, Aug. 6, 2016. (Miami Herald)
wQuarterback Jack Allison throws on the opening day of Hurricanes practice, Aug. 4, 2016. (Miami Herald)

Video: Miami Hurricanes freshman TE Michael Irvin II on media day

Meet Michael Irvin II, who discussed his “Welcome to the U” moment, his role in Mark Richt‘s offense and growing up as the son of “The Playmaker” in this video from Monday’s media day.

MEDIA DAY: Quarterman talks | Diaz | James & Richt | Photos