Biff’s Corner: 3-6-20

Hurricanes Spring Practice starts this week.

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March 06, 2020 - 7:06 pm

Hurricanes Spring Practice starts this week.


“Every Team, every year is a new entity... Our season will be determined by the behaviors and choices we make.” said Head Coach Manny Diaz on the Joe Rose Show Monday


The Miami Hurricanes, after a not so strong 2019 season, look to improve in 2020. Spring practice started on Monday and the Canes will have much to work on. With the loss of several key players like Linebacker Shaq Quarterman, Receiver K.J Osborn, and several others; the Hurricanes are looking to start off fresh.


One of the improvements the Hurricanes will have this season is at Quarterback.  The team was able to pull D’Eriq King from the transfer portal, who was highly touted as the best quarterback in the portal. The Hurricanes have struggled at that position. Between Jarren Williams and N’Kosi Perry, the quarterbacks were not able to become playmakers on the field. The offense only averaged 25 points per game. In 2018, King recorded 36 touchdown passes and 14 on the ground. Both numbers are more than The Miami quarterback room had all last year.


The Hurricanes will also have an opportunity to see new receivers on the field. With the loss of K.J Osborn and Jeff Thomas, it will be Mark Pope, Mike Harley, and Dee Wiggins. Harley will be a key return, as he was second in receiving on the team with 38 receptions for 485 yards and three touchdowns. We will see some more of Wiggins and Pope, who combined last season for 38 receptions for 601 yards and six touchdowns.


Another offensive player who can develop this spring practice is tight end Will Mallory. His counterpart Brevin Jordan will not be participating, as he will be nursing his left foot/ankle injury. Mallory, who has not been as efficient in the offense, will see some more development time and get more reps.


Like the offense, the defense will also see some changes. With linebackers Michael Pinckney and Shaq Quarterman heading to the draft, we will see basically a new linebacking core lead by Zach McCloud. “It’s great to have someone like Zach, not in terms of his playing ability, but his leadership and being a hard worker.” Said Coach Diaz on the Joe Rose Show. In addition to Zach McCloud, the linebacker core will consist of young talents like Patrick Joyner, Avery Huff, and Sam Brooks.


Missed the Joe Rose Interview with Head Coach Manny Diaz? Listen to it here: