April 22 | Practice 15 | Scrimmage 3
University of Miami head football coach Mark Richt was back where it all began on Saturday afternoon.
Richt returned to his alma mater as he Miami Hurricanes wrapped up their 2017 spring season with a scrimmage at Boca Raton High School.
“It was very nice to be here at Boca Raton Community High School, home of the fighting Bobcats,” Richt said. “I had some wonderful moments out here as a player. Great team. As a matter of fact, I ran into about four or five teammates before the game today and we all looked a little bit different. But everybody has got the same smile, same friendship, so that was a blessing to see all those guys."
Richt continued by saying..."You know, today I mean it was a good day in that you got to learn so much. There was a lot of plays that were made, a lot of plays that could have been made offensively. Defense early on was dominant and then before you know it they are giving up some big plays here and there, which we can’t do. We have to keep our focus the whole time.”
There were highlights on both sides of the ball, as the White team came back to beat the Orange team, 24-16.
The Orange team scored first, with Michael Badgley connecting on a 27-yard field goal to cap a nine-play, 63-yard drive in the first quarter. Malik Rosier found tight end Christopher Herndon IV over the middle for a 23-yard touchdown to put Orange up, 9-0.
But the White team began its comeback when cornerback Malek Young jumped in front of a pass to the sideline and returned the interception 72 yards for a touchdown. Young added five tackles and a second interception to his pick six from the opening half, while linebacker Charles Perry and defensive back Romeo Finely each picked off a pass on Saturday.
“The one that I scored, we were in zone,” Young said. “I was reading the quarterback. He took two steps and threw it and I broke on the ball. The other one, we were in man and I was reading the quarterback also and I undercut it and broke on the ball.”
Quarterback Jack Allison connected with wide receiver Darrell Langham for a six-yard touchdown to close out the first half and send the White team into the intermission up, 14-9.
“I felt like this spring I had to really push myself to do better and actually explode this year,” Langham said. “I have to do more.”
Kicker Marco Baeza drilled a 25-yard field goal to close out a 15-play, 64-yard drive with three points for the White team.
Quarterback Cade Weldon found Langham in the end zone for his second score of the afternoon, completing a four-yard touchdown pass that put the White team ahead, 24-9.
“Langham is a bully on the field, honestly,” wide receiver Ahmmon Richards said. “Any 50-50 ball, he is going to come down with it. He made a huge jump and he is going to surprise everyone this year.”
Richards put an exclamation point on Saturday’s scrimmage, as the freshman All-American hauled in a 72-yard touchdown from Rosier to bring the Orange within one score, 24-16.
“I’m just trying to go out every day and try to be better,” Richards said. “I am not letting all that stuff go to my head like people telling me, ‘You had a great season.’ I just try to go out there and just work.”
In addition to the scoring plays, Miami had several standouts defensively on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman defensive back Amari Carter led all Hurricanes with 10 tackles, while linebacker Shaquille Quarterman and defensive back Sheldrick Redwine were co-leading tacklers for the White team with seven stops apiece.