The University of Miami football team enjoyed an efficient practice Tuesday morning on a designated “two-a-day,” with the team slated to gather again later in the afternoon for a kicking scrimmage on the Greentree Field.
"It was one of those short and sweet practices,” head coach Mark Richt said. “We have two today, so I didn't want to wear them completely out…we wanted this to be short.”
The team will have its second full scrimmage of the fall Wednesday morning, and both Richt and his son, quarterbacks coach Jon Richt, will be looking for the answer to a lingering question.
“Who is going to be the No. 2 quarterback?” Mark Richt said. “We need to find that out. That's the biggest question for me right now."
Richt said another battle in camp has seen redshirt sophomore and Miami newcomer Dayall Harris rise to the top of the ‘X’ receiver group. Impressive in the early going, freshman Ahmmon Richards has been battling turf toe while sophomore Lawrence Cager will miss the season with a knee injury.
“Dayall is ahead of everybody. [Darrell] Langham and Ahmmon, [Richards] I would say, are probably battling for the next spot right now,” Richt said.
Harris said his new mentor, wide receivers coach Ron Dugans, has been instrumental in his early success.
“Coach Dugans takes my phone and he will call me just to remind me that, ‘I didn’t bring you down here just to joke around, so get after it and make sure you are studying your playbook,’” Harris said. “With him being (hard) on me and me being (tough) on myself – being critical on the little things that I do – it helps me get better.”
Redshirt sophomore Malik Rosier, one of the players fighting for the No. 2 quarterback spot, has enjoyed the addition of Harris in more ways than one.
“Dayall is a funny kid. He’s a great route runner. He’s fast, agile and quick. He’s a consistent receiver,” Rosier said. “The biggest thing with him is just getting him the ball in space and letting him make moves. He caught a slant and took it like 30 or 40 yards. He’s a very dynamic receiver for us.”