Golden recaps scrimmage & more

Read on to see what head coach Al Golden is saying about Saturday's scrimmage, today's practice, which players have been standing out most, and much more.

On Saturday's scrimmage:
Most guys got somewhere between 35 and 55. It was good between the ones and twos. We learned a lot about a lot of guy. First scrimmage. We should learn a lot from last week to this week.

On standouts:
Some guys played really hard. Some guys played really well. Dallas Crawford just keeps getting better. Standish Dobard really did a nice job. Dallas Crawford just keeps getting better. Artie Burns. Gus Edwards played hard and has been getting better. D' Mauri Jones. Walter Tucker.

On the energy this spring:
Not where we want it to be. I don't know if it's fair to say but a lot of guys were limping around. A lot of guys worked hard today. It was kind of sneaky hot out here today but I thought they pushed through it. I think we'll get a lot for this. We have three days to prepare for the scrimmage. It'll be cool Friday night.

On the QB battle:
Kevin's getting better. Gray keeps working. He's chasing Kevin. Ryan is ahead of those guys right now. Ryan is doing a good job holding them off. Kevin is making throws and is getting better.

On leadership:
We're getting more leadership on defense than on offense. We need Flowers and Feliciano and Clive and the quarterbacks to step up. Dorsett, Stacy Coley, we need those guys to lead. We're getting more on defense and hopefully it'll be better on Friday.

On development:
The way you develop them is giving them tasks, missions. You give them an opportunity to set the standard and hold them accountable. We'll continue doing that. It's a big part of it. Motivation is a big factor. On this level it's still team oriented and being great teammates. We still have a ways to go.

On mistakes from Saturday:
Unforced errors hurt us. There's enough time. If it's a corner fire or a safety blitz, that's all difficult and when you help them with 6 or 7 penalties on offense, we killed two drives because of that. We were better today but it'll have to keep getting better.

On the WR group:
Stacy is setting the tone. We need everyone else to catch him. They need to consistently compete at his level. D''Mauri has been right there, has really made a move this spring. He gives us a redzone target, a slant runner, and is using his body better. Malcolm was better today but isn't totally healthy. Stan Dobard at tight end is the same way. He's setting the standard at tight end like Stacy is at receiver.

On walkon TE and converted basketball player Raphael Akpejiori:
We'll see what he can do. You can't coach 6-7 and all that stuff. He can run but seems like a great kid and we'll see what he can do. I'm sure this was the conversation once about Graham or Gates. We will see what he can do for us.

On Jermaine Grace:
Jermaine, like Jamal and Artie and Dobard and Stacy, those guys are workers. If you're in that class and you're not hanging out with those guys, you're not working. They say that's why they came to the University of Miami – that work ethic, that passion. Those guys all have that mindset and they're working like it every day.

On the young DTs:
Earl played well. Heurtelou is probably our strongest D-Line guy right now. That's why we recruited him. Now it's getting him lined up, learning it, and playing strong.

On Jelani Hamilton:
Jelani just has to let it go. He's prepared, stronger, and it's time to go play. Stop thinking, have some confidence, and go play. Now we have to get his mindset like that for Friday.


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