Practice notes: N’Kosi Perry opens Miami Hurricanes fall camp as third-stringer

Michael Badgley kicks a field goal under the watch of Mark Richt (rear) at Tuesday’s opening fall practice. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

CORAL GABLES — Notes from the media viewing portion of Tuesday’s fall practice, Miami’s first of 2017:


N’Kosi Perry worked as a third-teamer in individual drills, behind (in order) Malik Rosier and Evan Shirreffs.

See video footage of Perry here.

This, and all start-of-camp lineups, is based on offseason work. Rosier and Shirreffs were head of Miami’s player-led offseason workouts.  Perry enrolled in May.

Cade Weldon was No. 4.

Running backs 

Freshman Robert Burns was present, but in a green jersey meant to signify non-contact.

The order of carries: Mark WaltonTravis HomerTrayone Gray and Crispian Atkins (walk-on).

D.J. Washington, wearing No.  47, was the first-string fullback, with fellow walk-on Jack Pope the second man up in drills. Mike Smith was working with the linebackers.

Wide receivers 

Freshmen Evidence Njoku (wearing a brace on his right knee), Jeff Thomas and Mike Harley made their debuts.

Lawrence Cager (knee) was present and moving well. He also had a brace on.

The first group of wideouts included Braxton BerriosAhmmon Richards,  Cager, Darrell Langham and walk-on Malik Mayweather. The second unit had Dionte MullinsDayall Harris and DeeJay Dallas.

Tight ends

The No. 2 man in drills was walk-on Malik Curry (taking over David Njoku‘s No. 86). Michael Irvin and Brian Polendey were Nos. 3 and 4. Chris Herndon remains the starter.

Offensive line 

The first string, as it was in the spring: left tackle Kc McDermott, left guard Trevor Darling, center Tyler Gauthier, right guard Navaughn Donaldson and right tackle Tyree St.  Louis.

The second unit: left tackle Kai-Leon Herbert, left guard Hayden Mahoney, center Nick Linder, right guard Jahair Jones and right tackle George Brown.

Defensive line

Freshman defensive tackle Jon Ford, who has yet to enroll, was not on the roster (and of course, not present). Ford is the only player from the 2017 signing class not on campus.

As reported before, defensive tackle Gerald Willis is away from the team.

D.J. Johnson made his practice debut as a third-string defensive end.


Freshman Waynmon Steed was not spotted. Steed missed the spring because of a knee injury. Michael Pinckney was a first-stringer, next to Shaq Quarterman and Zach McCloud. Darrion Owens looked to  be moving well as a second-stringer, with Mike Smith and Charles Perry.  

Defensive backs 

Dee Delaney and Jhavonte Dean made their debuts, as did Trajan Bandy and Derrick Smith.

The starting safeties were Jaquan Johnson and Sheldrick Redwine. 

Safeties coach Ephraim Banda sprinted ahead of the pack from drill to drill. The man has lots of energy.  In fact, most everyone seemed to.


UM ran its drills on the grass portion of Greentree Practice Fields. The turf portion, adjacent to the Schwartz Center, is fenced off. There, UM’s indoor facility will be built over the next year, slated for an Aug.  2018 opening.

Kareem Brown, formerly UM’s director of player development for defense, was not listed on the coaching roster. A UM spokesperson confirmed that Brown is no longer a university employee.

Brown, a former UM and NFL defensive lineman, was on the support staff the last two seasons.

In-depth position previews
Running backs
Wide receivers 
Tight ends

Offensive line 
Defensive line

Defensive backs

Special teams

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

Depth analysis
Strongest areas | Weakest areas | Scholarship count

Meet the 2017 signing class
2018 UM commits at The Opening
Lorenzo Lingard interview
Recent ’18 commits: Blades | Campbell | Baxa
Links to latest Miami recruiting stories

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


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