First Scrimmage -- Recap

The Hurricanes scrimmaged for the first time this spring on Saturday so lets take a look at how things went down.

The quarterback playing time on Saturday was about what everyone expected it to be -- Jacory Harris got the most opportunities, followed by Stephen Morris and then Spencer Whipple. Harris went 14-20 for 120 yards and one touchdown; Morris 7-13 for 93 yards and one touchdown; and Whipple 6-6 for 34 yards and one touchdown. The quarterbacks didn't throw a single interception, which was probably the most impressive number of all considering how often the three turned the ball over in 2010. That will continue being a major priority for these three throughout the rest of spring -- taking good care of the football.

The running backs, as expected, excelled again in this scrimmage. Mike James led the way, going for 89 yards on a team-high 14 carries. He also caught three for 53 and a score. James provides Miami with a quality player in all three phases of the game and those skills were on display Saturday. Storm Johnson, who made the most of his limited opportunities in 2010, took 11 carries for 63 yards but was also the leading pass-catcher among the backs (4-39-1). Lamar Miller, as expected, had the longest run of the day at 31 yards. He finished with 9-58 and added one catch. Maurice Hagens carried it six times for 23 yards and caught two for 24. Look for Hagens to continue getting opportunities to run the football.

The receivers were solid. The leading pass-catcher for Travis Benjamin, who brought in four for 49 yards. Aldarius Johnson didn't participate because of an injury.

Four tight ends -- John Calhoun (2-25), Clive Walford (1-19), Chase Ford (1-12), and Billy Sanders (1-9) -- each caught a pass for the Canes. The team's best tight end, Asante Cleveland, is sitting out spring drills.

The offensive line helped the ground game average 4.3 yards per carry and gave up a few sacks but since quarterbacks aren't getting hit, defenders simply have to be within striking distance for a sack to be recorded in these scrimmages.

Linebacker Jordan Futch was the most active player on defense, getting nine tackles and a couple sacks. He can play a few different linebacker spots and will be competing for major playing time this fall. The team's best linebacker, Sean Spence, was all over the field as well.

Vaughn Telemaque was the leader in the secondary, finishing with seven tackles and one pass breakup. He is expected to emerge as the leader in the Hurricane secondary this fall.

Special teams really weren't a focus of Saturday's scrimmage but they will be in scrimmages in the near future.

There's not a whole lot to learn from an outsider's perspective at these scrimmages. It's always good to know, however, the offense is spreading the ball around and not turning it over. Defensively, it would be nice to see more turnovers being created but they seemed to do a quality job of applying pressure and making plays in the backfield.


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