The Canes held a situational scrimmage back home at Hard Rock Stadium on Friday, their final tune-up before they take on UAB this upcoming Thursday in the first game of the 2020 season.
Here are some of the offensive stats that were put out:
D’Eriq King: 24-34 passing, for 330 yards and 6 touchdowns, and 9 rushes for 94 yards.
Mike Harley: 5 catches, 78 yards and 1 touchdown.
Mark Pope: 4 catches, 65 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Jeremiah Payton: 3 catches, 95 yards and 1 touchdown.
Michael Redding III: 2 touchdowns.
Cam’Ron Harris: 1 receiving touchdown.
Will Mallory: 1 touchdown.
So obviously, the biggest takeaway is King at quarterback, once again. Even in a scrimmage, throwing for 330 yards and 6 touchdowns is impressive. King continues to be consistent in practice and in these scrimmages, and hopefully it’ll translate to the actual games in the regular season.
Harley has been a constant throughout fall camp, as he and King seem to be establishing a great connection. Payton has received tons of praise, and it’s great to see Pope making plays as well.
Nesta Jade Silvera: 1 sack
Quincy Roche: 1 sack
Cameron Williams: 1 sack
Sam Brooks Jr.: 1 sack
Jared Harrison-Hunte: 2 sacks
As you can tell, besides the sack numbers, there hasn’t been any other stats released to really to reflect on for the Canes defense. Manny Diaz did say after the scrimmage that he was pleased with the defensive line, saying Silvera, Roche, Jonathan Ford and Jaelan Phillips were solid when it came to disruption in the backfield.
Harrison-Hunte really stands out to me, and will definitely be a name to watch this fall in the defensive tackle rotation.
It also should be mentioned, chief of staff Ed Reed was at Hard Rock watching the Canes.