Miami finally introduced its new Nike uniforms—which are pretty sweet—and the fans got to see the young quarterbacks in action.
The defense beat the offense 61-60 in a controlled scrimmage (only using 65 yards of the field), while Kevin Olsen completed just 7-of-21 passes for 65 yards and an interception.
This was Olsen’s time to show the coaches he could perform when the lights came on. The good news is its only spring; he still has time to develop and continue to master the offense. But with Olsen’s performance on Saturday, the door will be wide open for a true freshman to come in and compete (Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier).
But on to better news: wide receiver Malcom Lewis looks healthy again. Lewis broke his ankle his freshman year and was able to comeback last season. However, his ankle problem was still lingering and he also suffered a groin injury. He definitely looks like the healthy Malcolm again, registering three receptions for 36 yards. He seemed to have chemistry with Olsen and looked comfortable running routes over the middle of the field. Look for him to play a key role in the slot this year.
The secondary seems to be hitting its stride. Both Dallas Crawford and Tracy Howard had an interception during the scrimmage, but the better news is that there are plenty of talented guys back there. Deon Bush is finally healthy, Jamal Carter (five tackles in the spring game) is coming into his own, Crawford is excelling at his new position and there is plenty of speed at corner with Howard and Artie Burns.
Running back Gus “The Bus” Edwards also stood out to me in the spring game. He ran the ball 19 times for 70 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and looked to be very physical. He did get knocked out by senior linebacker Denzel Perryman on one play, but there was no doubt he was delivering most of the blows when he touched the ball. Edwards won’t take Duke Johnson’s starting role—for obvious reasons—but he definitely can serve as a change of pace back for Miami this season.
On another positive note, Ufomba Kamalu and Anthony Chickillo—the two best defensive linemen the Hurricanes have right now—both registered a sack during the game. If Kamalu can continue to improve during camp, this defense could drastically improve this season.
Place kicker Matt Goudis missed both of his field goal attempts of 47 and 50 yards. Miami will need him to improve for the fall, especially since the Hurricanes will have a young quarterback leading the offense.