An efficient passing game by the offense, along with a tough defense against the run, were the hallmarks of the Spring Game as the defending national champions went through an extensive scrimmage before the largest crowd ever at a UM Spring CanesFest event.
The Hurricanes played a full four quarters using a scoring system that
enabled the defense to compete against the offense for points, allowing the
team's units to perform intact in a game situation for a full 60 minutes.
Points were awarded in the normal fashion for the offense (6 points for a
touchdown, 1 for an extra-point kick, 3 points for a field goal) plus a
bonus point for each first down. The defense was awarded 10 points for any
touchdown scored via a turnover, 3 points for a turnover gained and 1 point
each time they stopped the offense three plays without gaining a first down.
The UM offense scored two touchdowns (12 points), two point-after kicks (2
points), two field goals (6 points), and gained 15 first downs (15 points)
to amass their 35 points. The Hurricanes defense collected 16 three-and-out
possessions, but did not collect a turnover, for their 16 points. The team
scrimmaged for 94 plays in the game and the offense amassed 298 total yards
(3.2 yards per play), including 238 through the air and 60 rushing on 57
attempts (1.1 avg.).
Starting quarterback Ken Dorsey played the first three series of the
scrimmage, completing six of 10 pass attempts for 86 yards without throwing
an interception. He threw a short scoring pass to split end Andre Johnson
on the game's third scrimmage, but the play was nullified by a penalty.
That 74-yard, nine-play drive - the lone scoring march with Dorsey in
command - was capped by a 23-yard field goal by Todd Sievers.
Second-team quarterback Derrick Crudup led seven possessions and completed
six of 11 attempts for 70 yards and one touchdown without throwing an
interception. Crudup led an 80-yard, nine-play drive that ended in a
13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brandon Sebald early in the second
It was tough going for the UM rushing game as the Hurricanes struggled to
make a dent in UM's imposing front line. The Miami defense showed why its
front seven is expected to be among college football's best and the unit
racked up nine quarterback sacks and held Hurricanes rushers to barely a
yard per attempt. Tailback Willis McGahee led all rushers with 40 yards on
14 attempts, including one 19-yard burst. Tailback Jarrett Payton rushed
for 29 yards on 11 carries and fullback Quadtrine Hill rushed for 22 yards
on eight carries, scoring the only rushing touchdown of the day on a
six-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Linebacker Leon Williams and defensive end Orien Harris, both redshirt
freshmen, led all tacklers with eight stops each. Starting middle
linebacker Jonathan Vilma had seven tackles and garnered two quarterback
sacks. Other defensive standouts included end Jerome McDougle (seven
tackles, one sack), end Jamaal Green (five tackles, two sacks), end John
Square (four tackles, two sacks), end Javon Nanton (three tackles, one
sack), and end Thomas Carroll (six stops, one-half sack).
Tight end Kellen Winslow was the leading receiver of the day with three
catches and his 57 yards tied with flanker Roscoe Parrish (two catches) for
the lead in receiving yards. Winslow had a 19-yard catch from Dorsey to
highlight the games first scoring drive. Parrish had the game's longest
catch with a 31-yard grab of a Crudup pass that keyed a touchdown march in
the second quarter.
Miami's two outstanding kicking specialists - kicker Todd Sievers and punter
Freddie Capshaw - closed Spring Practice with an excellent performance.
Sievers made both field goal attempts - kicks of 23 and 51 yards - and
averaged 45 yards on two punts as the backup punter. Capshaw had a 51-yard
punt to highlight a day in which he punted four times for a 39.3 average.
The close of Spring Practice marked the end of head coach Larry Coker's
second Spring in charge of the Hurricanes. Miami is slated to officially
open Fall camp on August 6 when Newcomers are scheduled to report. Veterans
are currently slated to return on August 8. The Hurricanes will open the
2002 football season on Saturday, August 31, against Florida A&M at the
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