Miami Hurricanes defense, QB Tate Martell, WR K.J. Osborn star in spring game

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 05: Quadree Henderson
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 05: Quadree Henderson /
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The Miami Hurricanes defense, quarterback Tate Martell and Wide receiver K.J. Osborn were the clear stars in the spring game on Saturday at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

Multiple media outlets praised the Miami Hurricanes defense, quarterback Tate Martell and wide receiver K.J. Osborn after Saturday’s spring game in Orlando. The spring game had to be held in Orlando initially due to a scheduling conflict with a crossfire hurricane (AKA Roling Stones concert) at Hard Rock Stadium.

In his post-game comments on WQAM Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz said he was grateful that the Stones were scheduled to play at Hard Rock stadium. He only got the idea to play the spring game in Orlando because Hard Rock Stadium was not available.

The weekend trip to Orlando, playing at Camping World Stadium and the hotel gave Miami a chance to get acclimated to what will be their surroundings in August when they play Florida. Only the rising Seniors have played as Hurricanes in Camping World Stadium. Miami won the 2016 Camping World Bowl over West Virginia.

The first team Miami defense and the pass rush continued to impress. The Hurricanes were fourth in total defense, first in tackles for loss and ninth in sacks per game nationally in 2018.

The first-team defense picked up where they left off against the second team offense. The Hurricanes defense had 16 TFLs and nine sacks on Saturday. The majority of those came against the Hurricanes second-team offense.

Miami has to replace defensive tackle Gerald Willis and defensive end Joe Jackson on the defensive line. The Hurricanes will continue to put pressure on the opposition and get into opponents backfields. Several new stars for Miami stepped Saturday.