It started out as a dreary, cloudy, rainy and at times even stormy morning in South Florida as football fans from all over came dressed in orange and green and gathered in the 305 for some serious head knocking.
Some of our friends from the 954 showed up to tailgate and to help the always present and positive minded Mrs. Feliciano officially welcome in the 2013 football season. And, needless to say, a good time was had by all.
By game time the gray skies had somehow suddenly turned blue as the stormy weather gave way and the day magically transformed into a sunny, glorious occasion so that your Miami Hurricanes could get some work done and play their 2013 Spring Game at Sun Life Stadium.
It turned into a game that was dominated by the 'Canes dynamic offense and the play of the quarterbacks and wide receivers and some guy named Duke.
As the 2013 version of the Miami Hurricanes football team took the field in front of about 7,000 fans who had braved the weather to show up for the scrimmage, some fans appeared more serious, or maybe more motivated, than the rest who sat passively in the stands as the game wore on.
When the action started it was Senior QB Stephen Morris, who had a game-high 256 yards and four first-half touchdowns, the led Orange team to an exciting 35-20 over the White team Saturday during the annual Spring Game.
Miami’s quarterbacks combined for 429 yards and five touchdown passes. Ryan Williams threw for 123 yards and a score on 10-of-25 passing, while Gray Crow was 2-of-8 for 50 yards.
Reigning ACC Rookie of the Year Duke Johnson led all rushers with 120 yards on 10 carries. Redshirt freshman Jontavious Carter led all receivers with 113 yards and five catches. Rashawn Scott continued his impressive spring with five receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Denzel Perryman picked off two passes and added two tackles. Ladarius Gunter and Tracy Howard each recorded five tackles, while Luther Robinson tallied a team-best two sacks.
Morris tossed three first-quarter touchdowns to three different receivers and added a fourth at the start of the second quarter to give Orange a commanding 28-7 advantage.
Orange and White traded 13-yard touchdown passes to open the game. Morris tossed a 13-yard pass to Herb Waters to give Orange a 7-0 lead. White responded with a Williams’ 13-yard dart to Kidd.
A 15-yard TD reception by Scott put Orange up 21-7 later in the first quarter. Scott posted his second score of the day on Orange’s ensuing drive, a 14-yarder from Morris. Perez’s 26-yard field goal cut Orange’s lead to 28-10.
At halftime, the Canes handed out four Spring awards to Nantambu-Akil Fentress (305 Walk-On Award), Olsen Pierre (Defensive Most Improved Player), Danny Isidora (Offensive Most Improved Player) and Herb Waters (Special Teams Most Improved Player).
With the spring practice slate concluded, the Miami Hurricanes will return to practice in August for fall camp. Miami’s 2013 season opener is August 30 against Florida Atlantic Univeristy at Sun Life Stadium.