Shannon recaps Saturday's scrimmage

The University of Miami held their first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday afternoon. Read on to see what head coach Randy Shannon was saying afterwards.

On the negatives from Saturday:
"We had too many turnovers from the second-team offense definitely. There were too many interceptions from the second team, but also when we got in the red zone with the first unit, we turned the ball over. We can't turn the ball over in that situation."

On the big hits from Randy Phillips and Arthur Brown:
"He's [Randy Phillips] a fifth-year guy that's able to make the big hits and do some good things. Arthur Brown on goal line had a real big hit. Those are the type of plays you want from guys who have the ability to make the big hit, but it also changes the momentum of the game."

On early enrollee, RB Mike James:
"He had some nice runs today. No, he doesn't look like a freshman. He's a smart kid, who's picking up the offense well. We added some stuff this week in practice, and he might have had one little bust on it, but for the most part, he's picking up the offense. He's catching the ball well and running the ball good. It's only going to make Javarris [James] and [Graig] Cooper a lot better. When you see those guys competing with a Mike James, it's only going to make us a better football team.

On the blocked field goals:
"It really was the first time we worked on special teams and field goal blocks. If you wait until the fall season, you'll never know what you need to work on. We installed it this week, but didn't work on it until yesterday and today. We'll keep working on it the rest of the year."

On quarterbacks Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith:
"They played okay. Taylor might have moved the ball a little bit better than Cannon, but both of them have a long way to go to where we want them to be as a football team. They just have to keep pounding away next week and get the scrimmage in on Thursday. Then we have an open week and then they have to come back and pound away at it some more."

On progression of team now that spring practice is half-way through:
"We've done some things that we wanted to get done as far as guys competing and knowing what to do. I don't think we've had very many busts. I think the receivers have run some good routes with good depth – things coming from a new offense. We've had execution up front from the offensive line as a total group."

On Jacory's performance:
"He threw the ball well today. It was just the one pass in the red zone. It wasn't all Jacory. He threw it and he was expecting the receiver to go up and make a play, but it's still the quarterback's fault, so we're always going to get on him until we watch film. He's been throwing the ball well in practice. He's done a nice job of spreading the wealth in spreading the football around. The offensive line has been doing a nice job of pass protecting. They've been giving him an opportunity to make throws."

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