MIAMI GARDENS — Miami ran through its first scrimmage of 2017 camp on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium, before CanesFest.
Live updates from Mark Richt:
* Asked about a tweet from a UM student reporter that star running back Mark Walton was injured during the scrimmage and had to be helped off, Richt said Walton “bruised his hip — praise the Lord on that one.”
Walton was later spotted walking around without wraps, ice, a brace, the assistance of crutches and without a limp. The Hurricanes’ standout tailback appears fine.
* Quarterbacks were not live. Each of the four contenders for the starting job took a spin with the first-string offense — against the second-string defense — and a turn with the No. 2 unit against the No. 1 defense.
Redshirt junior Malik Rosier (8-14, 181 yards, three touchdowns) and Evan Shirreffs (10-14, 132 yards, touchdown) had the best of it. N’Kosi Perry (6-15, 68 yards, interception) and Cade Weldon (2-10, 40 yards, interception) had their struggles and forced a few passes into coverage, Richt said. Walk-ons Vincent Testaverde (1-5, 3 yards) and Augie DiBiase (0-3) got work with the third-string units.
Richt mentioned that the “bulk of Malik’s yardage and TDs were situational,” spotlighting a “nice” touchdown pass to Chris Herndon in red-zone drills from the 16-yard line.
What did today do for Richt’s thinking on quarterbacks?
“It’s hard to be an experienced quarterback without experience,” he said, smiling and laughing. “Whoever’s got to be the guy is going to be the guy for the first time.” He said Rosier and Shirreffs were able to function better against Manny Diaz’ defense than the young guys, which was expected. He also added UM’s defense is good. “We all know that,” he said.
He’s not looking to name a starter now.
“We’ll watch it. I don’t like to make decisions right after a game, right after a scrimmage,” he said. “But scrimmages do matter.”
* The next Miami scrimmage, next Saturday, will be on campus. It is also closed.
Richt read off the “unofficial, official stats.” The leaders:
On defense, redshirt junior linebacker Darrion Owens made a team-high six tackles. Sophomore safety Romeo Finley had five tackles and an interception. Other standouts included sophomore linebacker Shaq Quarterman (four tackles), sophomore cornerback Malek Young (two tackles…