Barry Jackson practice nuggets

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Interesting news about Allison... again encouraging
What we're hearing from University of Miami spring football practice | Miami Herald
Ten nuggets we’re hearing from UM’s closed spring football practices, which are about halfway completed:

• The quarterback play remains a work in progress, with some good moments but lots of inconsistency.

One observer says Jack Allison has looked good and throws with more authority than the other competitors. Malik Rosier knows the offense well, and his running ability is an asset, but inconsistency remains an issue.

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Evan Shirreffs’ accuracy has been uneven. Cade Weldon is still learning the offense and behind several veterans.

• The experiment of moving Sheldrick Redwine from corner to safety is going well; he’s a good tackler, which should make him a solid safety opposite Jaquan Johnson. He doesn’t have great speed for cornerback but his speed for safety is fine.


• UM loves how intelligent and alert new safety Amari Carter is, believing he won’t blow assignments. He also has very good instincts. Safety Robert Knowles also has been impressive at times.

• Freshman receiver DeeJay Dallas made two great catches Tuesday, has strong hands and can go up and snatch the ball. He’s going to be a very good player. Though Darrell Langham has improved some, his hands remain an issue.

• A UM official said Kendrick Norton and RJ McIntosh have been so impressive that there’s no reason they shouldn’t be UM’s best defensive tackle combo in many years.

• Linebacker Darrion Owens, who still has two years of eligibility remaining, has looked less hesitant two years removed from knee surgery. Coaches like his character, energy, length and physicality and he will be an asset as a fourth linebacker.


• Tight ends coach Todd Hartley said this week he is “really pleased” with Michael Irvin Jr.’s development and that he and fellow backup tight end Jovani Haskins – both suspended for the bowl game – have made “significant strides.”

Though early enrollee Brian Polendey is known mostly for strong blocking, a UM official said he’s a big target and catches the ball well. But Hartley said he has “a long way to go.”

Hartley said starter Chris Herndon can “be the best tight end in the country. He’s always been a great pass catcher [but] been overshadowed “ by departed David Njoku.

• As good as Joe Jackson was last season (8.5 sacks), one UM person said impressive early enrollee/ defensive end Jon Garvin has been better than Jackson was at a similar stage. Garvin has terrific pass-rush moves.


• Tyler Gauthier has been so impressive at center that it’s no longer automatic that Brandon Linder will get his starting job back when he returns from injury.

• Braxton Berrios likely will remain the punt returner - “he was 11th in the country, I’ll take 11th in the country,” Hartley said – but the kick return job is wide open, with Dallas, receiver Dionte Mullins and perhaps summer arrivals Jeff Thomas and Mike Harley all warranting a look.

Read more here: What we're hearing from University of Miami spring football practice | Miami Herald
 

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That bit about Garvin is insane.

No clue how he wasn't more heavily recruited by big programs.
 

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I'm good with Berrios at PR. We should have Deejay or Jeff Thomas dialed in too though for returns if trailing late in the game.

Norton/MCIntosh best DT combo since last year. Long time before that to even find anything comparable. This D gonna be nasty.

If we got Allison on point, with Shirreffs and Rosier close behind coming out of spring with Perry entering competition come summer... Let the bullets fly and see who survives. Whoever does, this team is going to be an issue for the country to contend with. There's questions to be answered, yes, and still some depth concerns, but it's happening.
 

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I'm good with Berrios at PR. We should have Deejay or Jeff Thomas dialed in too though for returns if trailing late in the game.

Norton/MCIntosh best DT combo since last year. Long time before that to even find anything comparable. This D gonna be nasty.

If we got Allison on point, with Shirreffs and Rosier close behind coming out of spring with Perry entering competition come summer... Let the bullets fly and see who survives. Whoever does, this team is going to be an issue for the country to contend with. There's questions to be answered, yes, and still some depth concerns, but it's happening.
I want a battle between Allison and perry. Best 2 talents at qb imo when perry gets here
 

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I'm good with Berrios at PR. We should have Deejay or Jeff Thomas dialed in too though for returns if trailing late in the game.

Norton/MCIntosh best DT combo since last year. Long time before that to even find anything comparable. This D gonna be nasty.

If we got Allison on point, with Shirreffs and Rosier close behind coming out of spring with Perry entering competition come summer... Let the bullets fly and see who survives. Whoever does, this team is going to be an issue for the country to contend with. There's questions to be answered, yes, and still some depth concerns, but it's happening.
I want a battle between Allison and perry. Best 2 talents at qb imo when perry gets here

Allison is gonna have to move up from his place of third on the depth chart first. Herndon said yesterday that Allison was "accepting his role and leading when he got in there". It didn't read like Allison is in the top two. He was third in throwing drills as of Tuesday. Gonna need to make a move during the scrimmage on Saturday.
 

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I'd like to see Dallas carve out a 3rd down back role with his pass catching skills and his experience and demonstrated talent running the ball. Would also allow us to rest Walton more. Walton (20 touches) and Homer (10-12 touches) as the 1/2 punch, with Dallas (5-8 touches) coming in on 3rd downs.
 

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We all knew about Garvin. ...going to be some nasty battles in fall camp.. This is going to be a fun year.
 

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Why is the staff so intent on Linder being the " guy" at Center? Gauthier played better, the OL was better, the team was better, what am I missing here?
 

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Sounds like we have mediocre qbs on the roster. Thats needs to get sorted out and fast. Great news about Dallas and Gauthier. Hopefully Gauthier locks that spot up.

Side note - Coley may have struck gold with Kaaya, but all his other evals are trash. Were stuck with 3 qbs who cant make simple throws. Hopefully Perry can show something bc we are gonna need a Qb if we want to win against FSU...
 

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Why is the staff so intent on Linder being the " guy" at Center? Gauthier played better, the OL was better, the team was better, what am I missing here?

Linder played well before this past year. He inexplicably digressed so maybe it was his shoulder that was bothering him all season?

If Linder plays well, that would allow us to move Gauthier to RG. Which would give us more flexibility at LT and RT by rotating Donaldson, McDermott, and St Louis. For the McDermott haters, we could even bench him theoretically and put St Louis at LT and Donaldson at RT.
 

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Man somebody needs to be on PR other than Berrios ,he is serviceable at best ,but we need game changers at every possible position now. CMR has done a great job of getting them now all he needs to do is put them to good use.
 

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Sounds like we have mediocre qbs on the roster. Thats needs to get sorted out and fast. Great news about Dallas and Gauthier. Hopefully Gauthier locks that spot up.

Side note - Coley may have struck gold with Kaaya, but all his other evals are trash. Were stuck with 3 qbs who cant make simple throws. Hopefully Perry can show something bc we are gonna need a Qb if we want to win against FSU...

Right, Kaaya was gold, that's why he's leaving a year early despite only being a 4-6 rd draft pick. This group of mediocre QB's can lose 4 games by struggling to get to 20 points just as well as Kaaya could. Personal opinion, we'll be fine. Not undefeated, national champion fine, but better than we would have been if Kaaya came back fine.
 

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Sounds like we have mediocre qbs on the roster. Thats needs to get sorted out and fast. Great news about Dallas and Gauthier. Hopefully Gauthier locks that spot up.

Side note - Coley may have struck gold with Kaaya, but all his other evals are trash. Were stuck with 3 qbs who cant make simple throws. Hopefully Perry can show something bc we are gonna need a Qb if we want to win against FSU...

Personally, i think Richt wants one of "his" QBs to win the job. He's going to give Perry every chance in the world to prove himself.
 

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Sounds like we have mediocre qbs on the roster. Thats needs to get sorted out and fast. Great news about Dallas and Gauthier. Hopefully Gauthier locks that spot up.

Side note - Coley may have struck gold with Kaaya, but all his other evals are trash. Were stuck with 3 qbs who cant make simple throws. Hopefully Perry can show something bc we are gonna need a Qb if we want to win against FSU...

Curious, how do you know the QBs haven't been making simple throws?
Are you at the practices?
Please share.
 
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Most important news imo was that Gauthier has been very impressive at Center.

Center is the commander of the OL, and we absolutely need our OL to take a major step forward this yr. Linder wasn't getting the job done, though he'll be a good backup. Then have Gaynor working there as 3rd string and we'll have our guy for the next 3 yrs too.
 
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