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Mark Richt Recaps Hurricanes Spring Game, Identifies Miami's Biggest Surprise So Far

Alex Donno
April 16, 2018 - 11:14 am

The Miami Hurricanes held their 2018 Spring Game on Saturday in front of 15,785 fans at Hard Rock Stadium. 

“Number one, I do want to thank our fans who showed up,” head coach Mark Richt said. “They did a great job loudly cheering. It was awesome. Our band was there and our cheerleaders were there. They all love this program. Our Golden Canes came, former players came and a lot of people who help run this program were here and I just wanted to say thank you to everybody.”

Fans were treated to their first look at redshirt freshman quarterback N'Kosi Perry and true freshman Jarren Williams. Both are looking to push fifth year senior Malik Rosier for the starting job. 

On Monday, Richt joined The Joe Rose Show to discuss everything he saw on the field. 

“We’re still competing," Richt said of the quarterbacks. "We’re not just going to sit here and hand it over to Malik and tell him he’s got it no matter what happens.” Malik Rosier went 9 of 14 for 105 yards with no touchdowns and no INT's. 

Perry put up bigger numbers than Rosier, but spent most of the day going up against the second team defense, while Rosier went against the ones. Perry went 11 for 25 with 166 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also led all rushers with 45 yards on eight carries. 

“He missed some open people, but he made some plays," said Richt of Perry. "He made a deep throw on a post to (Brian) Hightower that was probably the best throw of Spring ball. He made some nice plays with his feet, he cut once or twice off the zone read, and made some big plays."

It's worth noting that Brian Hightower really flashed at wide receiver, catching 2 touchdowns. He hauled in 4 receptions for 100 yards on the day. 

As great as Hightower was, Richt says the biggest surprise of the spring has been a freshman defensive end. 

“It’s probably Rousseau, yeah, probably Greg Rousseau. Not that I didn’t think one day he would become a pretty good ball player. But he really has taken to coaching. He’s gained 20 pounds since he’s been here since January. He’s quick, agile. He’s coachable. He’s the nicest kid in America.”

Rousseau's dominance was on full display in the spring game as he led all Miami defenders with 5.5 tackles, 4 for a loss, and 3 sacks. He's been unblockable.

You can listen to the full interview with Mark Richt on The Joe Rose Show. Tune in weekdays at 6am on 560 WQAM.