Miami Hurricanes Defense Not Dominant Says DC Manny Diaz

RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 19: Malek Young
RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 19: Malek Young /
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Miami had a big play defense last season. They finished fifth in the country in tackles for loss. One of the things that Diaz has been trying to instill in the defense this season is to turn turnovers into scores in 2017.

"“We’re making a big point of emphasis to score on defense this year, so we’re practicing the procedure of turning defense to offense,’’ Diaz said."

Saturday’s scrimmage will be the first of three for the Miami Hurricanes this training camp. Diaz discussed what to expect on Saturday.

"“When we scrimmage…Will we tackle?…especially in the secondary…All we have to do is miss two more tackles a game that Jamal Carter, Rayshawn Jenkins and Corn Elder made a year ago and we go from being pretty good to pretty awful in a hurry…Just two plays…that standard of tackling in the secondary and at all positions will be the first thing we’ll find out on Saturday.’’"

Mark Richt has been discussing throughout the offseason that the offense wants rushing yards from the quarterback this season. Jackson discussed that he and the defense have to be aware of the mobility of the Miami quarterbacks in Saturday’s scrimmage.

"“Especially Kosi [Perry] and Malik [Rosier]’’ – makes it especially prudent to be more conscious about what you’re doing. Just about every quarterback we have is fast enough. You gotta pay attention to them real well.’’"

Jackson was specifically asked about how they will play Freshmen quarterbacks, N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon.

"“For us it doesn’t change anything…We’re going to play ball.’’"

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Miami took today off. They will have one last practice on Friday before Saturday’s scrimmage.