On Tuesday, the Miami Hurricanes wrapped up another day of fall practice, as the media talked to head coach Manny Diaz, linebacker Zach McCloud, and quarterback D’Eriq King.
Coming off their first scrimmage on Sunday, there were several things that stood out when talking about the Canes defense.
“Gurvan Hall Jr. might have had his best scrimmage as a Miami Hurricane. He was everywhere,” said coach Diaz. Going into his junior season, Hall is expected to become one one of the leaders on the Miami defense. Hall had 7 tackles during the scrimmage.
Coach Diaz also said Bubba Bolden had a good scrimmage as well.
Sticking with the secondary, coach Diaz has been impressed with cornerbacks DJ Ivey and Al Blades Jr. “I thought Blades and Ivey played really well,” said Diaz.
In addition, Diaz noted that CB’s Te’Cory Couch and Christian Williams have impressed him throughout fall camp.
When asked about how the Canes offense is looking, Diaz’s answer was extremely positive.
“Probably the best first scrimmage for an offense since 2016,” said Diaz. 2016 was Diaz’s first year with the Hurricanes.
Diaz did mention two offensive lineman, Jarrid Williams and John Campbell, saying both players had good days at tackle.
While Miami was impressive in certain areas on Sunday, coach Diaz was quick to settle down the hype.
“There’s no parade downtown for having a good scrimmage,” said coach Diaz.
Coach Diaz notes that several players did not participate on Sunday, including senior safety Amari Carter, and junior tight end Brevin Jordan.
Senior linebacker Zach McCloud spoke second, and was particularly high on fellow LB, Bradley Jennings Jr., who’s been getting first-team reps at middle LB.
“He’s had to battle through a lot in his time here,” said McCloud. “To come in and not miss a beat, against this type of offense, and not flinch, that’s a great thing about him.”
A redshirt junior, Jennings spent most of the 2019 season dealing with injuries.
“He’s powerful, he’s a strong guy. He was really diligent on staying on top of his recovery. He was a model for other teammates,” says McCloud.
The Hurricanes will have their second scrimmage this upcoming Saturday.