What Will Miami Hurricanes Scrimmage Look Like?

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 01: Joe Jackson
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 01: Joe Jackson /

As the Miami Hurricanes are participating in their second week of training camp, they are preparing for the first scrimmage on Saturday.

The scrimmage will take place before Canes Fest at Hard Rock Stadium. The scrimmage will take place before Canes Fest. It is not open to the public. The fans will get a chance to meet their favorite Miami Hurricanes after the scrimmage.

All eyes are likely to be on the quarterbacks. The biggest question seems to be if Mark Richt is going to let them get hit. Mark Richt has seemed somewhat hesitant publically in case one of the quarterbacks gets hurt.

Jack Allison who has since transferred to West Virginia suffered a shoulder injury during spring practice. He will have to sit out this season with the Mountaineers. The transfer seemed more related to his frustration that Miami potentially wanted a more mobile quarterback this season and beyond.

Miami Hurricanes Offensive Coordinator Thomas Brown spoke about the excitement level of the players for the scrimmage Saturday.

"“Hopefully it will add some excitement, some energy,” Thomas Brown said. “These guys love football. I’ve been around guys you got to motivate, and show a bunch of videos to, to get them hyped to go play football. [Our team] could go play on this dirt behind you, and those guys will show up and go full-speed. I think the atmosphere change will help those guys out, kind of give them a break from camp. But I think they’ll all be ready to go.”"

The scrimmage is the first of three that Miami will have during training camp. The Hurricanes also had three scrimmages this spring. Brown stated the importance of the scrimmages.

"“They’re all important,” Brown said. “I think even every day, before we get to the scrimmage, are important – [it’s] an opportunity we get to evaluate guys and get better. We definitely don’t let those guys relax. We don’t treat tomorrow more important than today, because we have to make it to tomorrow first. I think the guys have done a really good job so far of giving great energy, great effort. They understand the expectation that we have. We still have a ways to go before where we’re we want to be, but I think we’re going in the right decision so far.”"

Senior wide receiver Braxton Berrios spoke how the scrimmage impacts him and how the quarterbacks might perform.

"“It doesn’t make much of a difference for me…Obviously, the worry is that quarterbacks get hurt, but you do want to see who is going to do what under pressure. You want to see who is going to stand in there and take that hit.”"

Berrios went on to discuss the differences between the quarterbacks.

"“I don’t see much distance whatsoever,” Berrios said. “They’re all splitting reps and there is zero distance in my mind. I kind of expected that until the first scrimmage and especially the second scrimmage. Once people go live, you see a lot more from what they do.”"

Sophomore defensive lineman Joe Jackson who led Miami in sacks last season also spoke about the scrimmage.

"“It doesn’t matter where we scrimmage, but I am excited…We get to go against the offense and the quarterbacks will be live, so we get to see if they can take some hits. I’m just looking forward to making big plays and showing that I’ve improved since last year.”"

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Canesfest will take place on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium from 12-4. The schedule of events per UM through the Palm Beach Post is below.

A schedule of events, per UM:

  • Select-a-seat — 1 p.m.
  • Autograph voucher distribution – 1 p.m.
  • Football team photo (on field) – 1:45 p.m.
  • Stadium tours – 2-4 p.m.
  • Football team autographs – 2:30-3:30 p.m.