Mario Cristobal post scrimmage comments focused on Miami football team

Jul 21, 2022; Charlotte, NC, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 21, 2022; Charlotte, NC, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports /

The comments from Mario Cristobal following the first 2022 scrimmage from the Miami football program focused on the whole team. Cristobal did not list any stats nor mention any players specifically. Cristobal was looking for the logistics of how Miami players line up and their mental and physical performance in the scrimmage.

The trajectory is moving in a positive position but Miami is not where it needs to be according to Cristobal. Miami has reportedly about 30 players on the roster that did not participate in spring practice. Getting the roster integrated and installing new systems is a difficult task and a primary focus during training camp.

Cristobal repeated his mantra after practice on Friday that he wants consistent effort from the Miami players throughout the game. Cristobal told former Miami center and current Hurricanes’ radio analyst, Don Bailey Jr., after the scrimmage he wants “physical, intense, high-paced, high-tempo football.”

The emphasis was on playing and not doing anything fancy in the first scrimmage. Cristobal wants a more physical football team than Miami has had recently. A renewed emphasis has been made on tackling. Cristobal likes the pad level and the discipline. Tackling as a team has been emphasized over one on one.

Expect the emphasis during practice this week for there to be a more consistent effort from the Miami football players. Quarterback Tyler Van Dyke reiterated the comments from Cristobal on Friday after practice that Miami players need to have a more consistent effort. Van Dyke taking the lead is important for the Miami culture.

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The offensive made explosive plays but had the same issues with consistency. Van Dyke provides Miami with experience on offense. The Miami wide receiver corps is mostly inexperienced. Miami will have a chance to work out issues in the first two games of the season versus Bethune-Cookman and Southern Mississippi.