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.
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.