Junior quarterback Brad Kaaya, leading Miami's first-team offense against the Hurricanes' second-team defense, finished the day 16-for-19 for 258 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
“I’ve just been really pleased with Brad," Richt said. "Brad has been very, very solid. Today, he was just locked in, taking care of business."
Richt also mentioned tight end David Njoku and running back Joseph Yearby as two players who impressed Wednesday. Njoku totaled 54 yards on three catches, while Yearby had an 18-yard touchdown run.
Not to be outdone, a number of Hurricanes' defensive linemen, including Trent Harris and Chad Thomas, recorded multiple sacks. Ryan Mayes registered the day’s lone interception, returning a pass from Kaaya for a touchdown. The defense also caused two fumbles, both forced by Jaquan Johnson.
Though quarterbacks were not tackled to the ground during the scrimmage, Richt mentioned the tenacity of the defensive line as one of the day's highlights.
“I thought defensively we played the run pretty darn good," Richt said. "The number one defense would have had as many sacks as we recorded [with no tackling] – I think they would have had every one of those. They were really coming off the edge and creating issues for that number two [offensive] line.”
Junior Braxton Berrios linked up with Kaaya in a big way, as the duo connected on a 40-yard touchdown pass on a go route to the corner of the end zone.
Berrios finished the day with three catches for 75 yards.
“One of the blessings is that nobody got banged up," Richt said. "Somebody might have got banged up, but nobody got hurt to the point where they had to come off the field for any reason, which was a huge blessing."