Mario Cristobal wants more consistency in first scrimmage

Apr 20, 2019; Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 20, 2019; Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

Mario Cristobal wants more consistency from the Miami football team on Saturday in the first scrimmage. Cristobal stated Miami would run individual drills, seven-on-sevens, one-on-ones with the defensive and offensive lines, special team drills and then scrimmage. Coaches will not be on the field and no media will be present.

Mario Cristobal stated that coaches and players must understand that he expects them to “complete every single play from start to finish.” Quarterback Tyler Van Dyke who also spoke with reporters on Friday stated that there is more accountability and discipline with Cristobal running the Miami football program.

The expectation in the scrimmage is for players to know where they need to be lined up without cheating and coaches instructing them. Miami coaches will be able to evaluate which players are closer to being ready for the season opener following the scrimmage and players will be pushed to do better per Cristobal.

A major part of the scrimmage will be watching how the 11 new players integrate into the Miami football team in game conditions. Many of the transfers will start the season opener versus Bethune-Cookman three weeks from Saturday. Van Dyke wants to see how the offense responds to adversity.

The Miami offense will be without starting left tackle Zion Nelson who is likely to miss at least the first two weeks of the season following knee surgery last month. Miami has practiced with OL training at various positions to create more versatility. What positions OL play in the scrimmage will be worth monitoring on Saturday night.

Cristobal stated that scrimmages will hold a lot of weight when determining playing time. Saturday will be the first time that the Miami coaching staff will have a chance to evaluate the roster they will have this fall in a scrimmage. Several players were out this spring with injuries or not enrolled yet.

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How well players perform in pads and under the expectations that the coaching staff has for them could help determine an early depth chart. No set depth chart has been used during the first week of training camp. Players have taken turns with reps on the first, second and third teams. That would remain in the first scrimmage.