Miami Hurricanes offense led by QB Jake Garcia in Spring Game

Aug 24, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA;. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA;. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Early enrollee Jake Garcia was the star of the Miami Hurricanes Spring Game held on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium. Garcia completed 19 passes in 25 attempts for 252 yards with two touchdowns. With Garcia slinging passes, Oklahoma transfer Charleston Rambo showed he can be the deep threat Miami needs.

Somethings old were new again with wide receivers Mark Pope and Dee Wiggins each dropping balls that would have gone for long gains. Freshman Keyshawn Smith continued to impress and could be the eventual heir apparant to Rambo added two nice TD receptions. One TD came on a nice move and the other on a long reception.

Freshman Tyler Van Dyke who has been battling with Garcia this spring to be the primary backup to starting QB D’Eriq King was 12-17 for 102 yards and one TD. Garcia has consistently produced throughout the spring bigger numbers in passing yards per attempt than Van Dyke. The Miami Hurricanes QB Room is in good hands.

King spent the fourth quarter of the Spring Game calling plays on offense. King told the ACC Network that he wants to coach when his playing career is over. King’s father was a coach before tragically passing away last year. King has become a mentor to Garcia, redshirt freshman Peyton Matocha and Van Dyke.

Balancing out the drops by Pope and Wiggins they also had positive moments on Saturday. Pope finished six receptions for 115 yards including a 53-yard reception. Wiggins ended with the with a long reception from Matocha to put his team in scoring range. With a running clock in the second half that ended the game.

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Freshman WR Xavier Restrepo has been competing for playing time behind senior Mike Harley in the slot with Pope. Pope started outside last year and figures to compete to be the third starter at WR with Oklahoma transfer Charleston Rambo and Wiggins. Harley and Rambo provide Miami two reliable WRs in 2021.