Three things that matter from from the 2019 Miami spring football game.
And there’s Tate Martell
It’s been a rough run so far for the shiny new toy for the Miami offense.
The quarterback situation was an issue last season, Tate Martell needed a place to play after Justin Fields transferred to Ohio State … problem solved.
There was one slight problem, though – Martell hasn’t been any good so far.
On the plus side, the emergence of Jarren Williams and N’Kosi Perry was among the biggest positives since Manny Diaz took over the head coaching gig. All of a sudden, the quarterback race was Williams vs. Perry … and then came Saturday.
Martell wasn’t exactly Steve Walsh, but compared to other practices so far, completing 6-of-10 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns was excellent, highlighted by …
Martell isn’t the only big transfer
Welcome to Miami, KJ Osborn.
A terrific MAC receiver for Buffalo over the last few years, he was a great get for the program to add to a group that could use a boost.
The Miami passing game was a chicken-and-egg thing in 2018. Were the quarterbacks bad because the receivers weren’t all that great, or was it the other way around?
Whatever … on Saturday, Martell connected with Osborn, who took a nice mid-range pass for an 80-yard touchdown to show glimpses of what might be to come.
Considering the top four receivers return – including Jeff Thomas, who left for Illinois before coming back – the improvement at quarterback, and with Osborn looking like the real deal, look out.
It’s just a spring game, but …
– Oh yeah, the other quarterbacks. Perry was good enough – hitting 9-of-13 passes – and Williams had a more up than down day, completing 4-of-6 passes for 44 yards and a score. This is going to be a fight into the fall.
– In an interesting twist, Miami ended up playing its spring game in Orlando after the Rolling Stones had Hard Rock Stadium booked. The concerns might have been called off thanks to Mick Jagger’s health issues, but the Canes kept the game in Orlando to get the team used to the setting of the opening game showdown vs. Florida.
– Offensive coordinator Dan Enos seems to have things in place to have the O ready to hold up its end of the bargain to go along with the great D. The skill parts are coming into place, but the line had an okay day and the puzzle hasn’t been put together yet. The quarterback situation will take center stage in fall camp, but the front line might be a bigger deal.