Canes Showing Depth In Spring Practice, Land Big Linebacker Commit

Alex Donno
April 05, 2018 - 9:28 am
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Two weeks of practice are in the books in Coral Gables as the Miami Hurricanes roll on toward their April 14th Spring Game. 

Offensive coordinator Thomas Brown joined The Joe Rose Show this week to chat about the team's progress, starting with the quarterback competition. 

Rose asked Brown if redshirt senior Malik Rosier, who started every game in 2017, is way out in front of contending freshmen N'Kosi Perry, Cade Weldon and Jarren Williams.

"I wouldn't say he's way out in front," Brown replied, "but I see it's probably going to be his job to lose. I think he’s doing a good job of trying to step up and be more of a leader," said Brown. "I also think he’s a guy who needs confidence to bring out the best in him.”

After Tuesday's practice, Mark Richt added that Rosier is the one who "gets it the most" as far as the overall mental and physical demands of the position. 

Brown says redshirt freshman Perry is coming along nicely. “He's gotta get reps in the offense. He has the arm talent and he’s coming out and competing every day. Trying to become the leader that he should be.”

Brown sees the overall depth on the offense at an all time high since he and Mark Richt arrived in 2016.

“Right now from a quarterback standpoint, tailback-wise, up front, tight end-wise — on the way, it’s coming — and even receiver-wise, there are guys that back up our starters who can push them every day to either become better, or beat them out and take their spot. I think it’s going to be great for everybody.”

Adding freshmen tailbacks Lorenzo Lingard and Cam Davis, along with tight ends Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory, and receiver Mark Pope - the Hurricanes will be stacked at the skill positions in 2018. 

Coach Richt says competition on the field this spring has been high. They've developed a points system between the offense and defense, and the "losers have to do pushups. The pushups aren’t that hard, it’s just hard doing it in front of your peers after you just got beat."

Meanwhile, Richt and company are always working hard on the recruiting trail. The Hurricanes earned a verbal commit this week from a blue chip linebacker. 4-star recruit Anthony Solomon out of St. Thomas Aquinas will join the class of 2019. He chose Miami over Michigan, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Clemson. The Canes are laying a nice foundation for the future after star linebackers Quarterman, McCloud and Pinckney have moved on to the National Football League.