Miami head coach Mario Cristobal has announced that the Hurricanes’ first fall camp scrimmage will take place Saturday night.
The former Florida International and Oregon head coach wants to see how his team fares with the entire coaching staff watching from the sidelines in order to replicate a game-like atmosphere.
“We have to see ourselves running with everyone off the field. No crutches, no assistant coaches trying to field a guy, no cheating,” Cristobal told reporters after Friday’s closed practice. “We want to see who can block and tackle, throw and catch and run, run, play football and start to really assess what it’s going to look like as we get closer and closer to the season.”
The intensity and physicality of Miami’s workouts intensified throughout the second week of fall camp.
On Thursday, the Hurricanes put on full pads for the first time, and the energy was palpable. The thuds caused by the tackles were heard throughout, and the rhythm of the practice was non-stop and completely focused.
This increase in overall energy led to Saturday’s scrimmage, which will be important in determining what positional depth charts will look like as the season approaches.
“We want to see the drill transfer tomorrow among other things,” Cristobal said.
“If we’ve worked certain combination blocks that require certain hat placement and certain hand position at a certain angle, that has to show up tomorrow when that play is called and it has to be executed.”
The game-like scenarios UM will replicate on Saturday extend beyond offensive and defensive units. There will also be a focus on special teams, as this has been an area that has plagued the Hurricanes in past seasons under previous coaching staffs.
And with around 150 games expected to be run, players will have ample opportunity to compete for playing time in Miami’s first extended live frame with a mostly full and healthy roster.
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