Mark Richt, Miami Dodge Injury Scare With QB Jack Allison

    Miami quarterback Jack Allison was banged-up during a scrimmage last weekend. But head coach Mark Richt said that the youngster was not seriously injured and would not miss too much time.

    April 12, 2017

    Miami quarterback Jack Allison was banged-up during a scrimmage last weekend. But head coach Mark Richt said that the youngster was not seriously injured and would not miss too much time.

    Miami head coach Mark Richt addressed local media after a practice session on Tuesday, the team’s tenth practice of the spring season.

    The Hurricanes held a scrimmage this past Saturday, their first of spring drills as they continue early preparations for the 2017 campaign. And the biggest story to come out of the weekend was the injury to quarterback Jack Allison, whose status had been in question since Richt did not address the issue when he met with reporters after the closed scrimmage on Saturday.

    As was expected leading up to the first scrimmage of the spring, Richt made the decision to have his signal-callers “live” and available for the defense to hit. Reason being, the second-year Hurricanes head coach wanted to see how his group of QBs would do while facing some adversity as they battle to win the job vacated by three-year starter Brad Kaaya.

    “[Allison] has a bruised shoulder, basically,” Richt said, making his first comments on the matter since the injury was reported. “Some people call it a bruise, some people call it a strain. There’s different ways to term it. When the shoulder separates, it comes apart. It did not come apart. It’s just bruised, and it’s sore.

    “He’s already getting his range of motion back, which is good. He’s day-by-day. I saw him this morning. He’s doing [vertical movements with his arm], he couldn’t do that the day before. Things are moving in a good direction as far as that’s concerned.”

    This is obviously great news for the Hurricanes, as the 2016 four-star recruit Allison is one of the team’s brightest young players. He reportedly injured his throwing shoulder when he took a sack on a broken play, worrying some fans because Richt did not go into detail about Allison’s performance or the apparent injury until Tuesday. Allison reportedly had left the football facility in a sling on Saturday, which seemed to be a tough break because he was having his best series of the day when he went down.

    The redshirt freshman is competing with redshirt junior Malik Rosier, redshirt sophomore Evan Shirreffs, redshirt junior Vincent Testaverde and true freshman Cade Weldon for the starting gig. Rosier is the most experienced QB, though a decision on a starter will not be made until the fall because Richt wants to evaluate four-star signee N’Kosi Perry, who enrolls on May 22.

    Richt made clear to reporters that he had no regrets about making the quarterbacks available to be hit, stressing that it was an essential step in the evaluation process.

    “Let’s make everything clear: I don’t ever want a guy getting hurt,” Richt explained. “But a cornerback can get hurt. A tackle can get hurt. A running back can get hurt. A receiver can get hurt. Everybody can get hurt. My goal is not for anybody to get hurt. My goal is to learn as much as I can about these guys, who are competing for the most important job on the team. The way we were going [at quarterback], I wasn’t getting a lot of clarity.

    “If the quarterback can prove that he has mobility, he can stand in there and throw a strike when people are bearing down on him here and there, that’s part of football. If you’re a pocket passer, you’re going to get hit when you’re in the pocket. If you run, you might get hit. It’s part of football. How do guys react to that?

    “There’s so many things you can learn about a guy…I felt it was the best shot for me to learn some of the things I need to learn about these kids.”

    The learning process continues for Richt, his staff and the players this coming Saturday when the team holds its second scrimmage. Even if Allison is not a part of it, at least he won’t be shelved for the long term. And that is great news for a team that is looking to find a new offensive leader as it pursues an ACC Coastal division title.

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