Miami Football: Spring Practice Storylines That Matter

    Miami football spring practice is here. It's a new era for the Hurricanes with Mark Richt taking over for Al Golden.

    March 7, 2016

    Miami football spring practice is here. It’s a new era for the Hurricanes with Mark Richt taking over for Al Golden.


    Richt era begins in Miami

    Mark Richt has returned to his alma mater, determined to bring Miami football back from its long and frustrating malaise. He’s the Hurricanes’ most accomplished coach this century, but he inherits a once-mighty program that’s gone 12 consecutive seasons without a conference crown or a 10-win finish.

    A lack of talent has never been an issue for the Canes, which maintain the history and the regional appeal to still attract some of South Florida’s best athletes. Elevating those players into a winning unit, though, has eluded the prior two regimes, which is where Richt is being asked to be an agent of positive change.

    No One Is Worried About … 

    The backfield. Quarterback problems hastened the end of Richt’s tenure at Georgia. However, it won’t impact his first season in Miami. Brad Kaaya ranks among the ACC’s top quarterbacks, and he’ll be joined in the backfield by Joseph Yearby and Mark Walton, who combined for 1,463 rushing yards in 2015.

    Extra Attention Must Be Given To … 

    The run defense. It’s been a long time—too long—since Miami was nasty on defense. The Canes allowed a league-high 5.3 yards per carry last fall, failing to produce an all-leaguer from the front seven. There’s upside from players like LB Al-Quadin Muhammad, but more troops need to be developed during spring practice and this summer.

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