On Sunday night, the Miami Hurricanes held their first scrimmage of fall camp, and there’s PLENTY to be excited about.
- D’Eriq King Looks Great
Ever since D’Eriq King transferred to Miami from Houston earlier in 2020, every Canes fan has been waiting to see him in action. And while we may not have been able to actually watch him play in Sunday’s scrimmage, the stats speak for themselves: 15-26 passing, 187 yards and 4 touchdowns.
What do you rate this D’Eriq King TD pass to Mike Harley in the back corner on the dime meter? ( Miami Athletics) pic.twitter.com/Aze9qsQdGw— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) August 17, 2020
After Brad Kaaya left following the 2016 season, Miami has been searching for the next consistent answer at quarterback, and King appears to be that answer. Even though we’ll only have him for one year, it looks like it could be a magical season with King under-center.
D'Eriq King with four TD passes tonight and "really ignited our offense" Manny Diaz said of first scrimmage. Freshman RBs impressed, per Diaz.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 17, 2020
2. Freshman Running Backs
Miami pulled off one of its biggest recruiting wins in recent memory, signing Don Chaney Jaylan Knighton, two of the best running backs in the country for their 2020 class. With high expectations facing them, the duo did not disappoint on Sunday.
The Miami Hurricanes freshmen from Deerfield Beach High going off in their first college scrimmage ( Miami Athletics). pic.twitter.com/s8yZrOzVak— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) August 17, 2020
Knighton was incredible, rushing for 126 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. I’ve said for a long time now, I believe Knighton will be the Canes #2 running back behind Cam’ron Harris, and his performance on Sunday makes me that much more confident on my prediction.
Jaylan. Knighton.— Marsh (@hurricanesmarsh) August 17, 2020
10 carries, 126 yards and a touchdown.
RUN ROOSTER RUN
Chaney was effective as well, finishing with 11 carries, for 57 yards and a touchdown. They may not be as impressive as Knighton’s stats, but the two combining for 183 yards in their first scrimmage should have everyone excited about this duo, as if we weren’t already.
Don & rooster— Camron Harris (@polo_man_cam) August 17, 2020
3. Will Mallory
Brevin Jordan didn’t suit up on Sunday, but his fellow junior tight end, Will Mallory, did and he had an impact. Mallory finished the scrimmage with 4 receptions, for 71 yards and a touchdown.
According to info released by UM, Will Mallory had four catches for 71 yards and a touchdown, Mike Harley hauled in a pair of touchdowns, and Xavier Restrepo had two receptions for 54 yards plus a (!)70-yard rushing touchdown(!).— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) August 17, 2020
Mallory struggled early on in 2019, but I've never doubted his talent, and still think he’s going to end up having a good career at Miami. Especially with the way Rhett Lashlee uses tight ends, expect to see plenty of Mallory in 2020.
Great shot of Will Mallory's TD.— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) August 17, 2020
( Tim Brogdon / Miami Athletics) pic.twitter.com/q4IcBUhTfp
4. True Freshmen Making Plays
Knighton and Chaney weren’t the only true freshmen to raise eyebrows on Sunday. Wide receiver Xavier Restrepo had 2 catches for 54 yards, plus a 70-yard touchdown run off a reverse. Fellow WR Michael Redding III was also solid, hauling in 3 receptions for 41 yards. Tight end Dominic Mammarelli had 2 catches for 41 yards.
FYI, freshman receiver Xavier Restrepo also scored on a 70-yard TD run according to UM's release.— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) August 17, 2020
On defense, DE Chantz Williams, who could become Miami’s #4 guy at the position in 2020, finished the evening with 2 sacks on the quarterback and 5 tackles. Linebacker Corey Flagg Jr. had 4 tackles and a sack, and defensive back Marcus Clarke had an interception.
Freshman DE Chantz Williams with two sacks.— Marsh (@hurricanesmarsh) August 17, 2020
While not all the true freshmen will see significant playing time in 2020, it’s good to see they’re hitting the ground running and making plays early.
5. Sam Brooks Impresses At Linebacker
We all know that Zach McCloud is going to be one of the starting linebackers, but a big question Miami fans have asked all off-season, who is going to be the other starter at LB? As of right now, it looks like sophomore Sam Brooks is more than capable of being that guy.
Gurvan Hall led all defenders with seven tackles. Sam Brooks, Waynmon Steed and Chantz Williams each added five tackles. Williams added a pair of sacks, while Corey Flagg had a sack and fellow freshman Marcus Clarke recorded an interception, per UM.— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) August 17, 2020
On Sunday, Brooks had 5 tackles and a sack, bringing that athleticism to the linebacker position that Miami has been searching for.
Sam Brooks gonna be a major problem for teams. His instincts to the ball is “immaculate” Oppp did I say that. Brooks and Huff at LBs for the U. Future and the now looking good.— Caneville (@caneville305) August 14, 2020